Transport Ministry earmarks to construct over 70 bridges across Malawi

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Minister of Transport and Public Works Ralph Jooma has assured lawmakers of government’s commitment to upgrading and constructing more roads and bridges to ease mobility.

Ralph Jooma: Minister of Transport Ralph Jooma: Minister of Transport

He was speaking when he responded to questions from members of the House regarding what Government is doing to construct more roads and bridges. 


Jooma told the House that so far, over 30 bridges have already been constructed and the wish is to construct over 70 bridges in rural areas.    


The response was part of Tuesday’s deliberations which started with question time when MPs request various development projects that their constituents need.


Member of Parliament for Ntcheu South, Damson Chimalira, requested the minister to upgrade Manjawira – Mtonda road which he said is in bad shape and needs urgent attention.


Responding to the request, Jooma said government through his ministry is upgrading over 72 bridges throught the country. He mentioned Kapeni timber decked bridge along the Matale-Bevu road in Ntcheu which is being upgraded to concrete level.


“The Ministry of Transport has ensured that all districts are covered  as one way of making assure that no place in Malawi is impassable.” said Jooma.


He added that after constructing the 72 concrete bridges, Government will in this quarter do 10 more bridges that have been spread across Malawi.


And responding to questions from various members of parliament concerning mobile network connectivity challenges, Minister of Health and Population who responded on behalf of Minister Information and Communications Technology, assured nembers that government is erecting more transmitters to facilitate mobile phone connectivity.

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