Chilima wants Chingeni Tollgate Plaza operational September

Saulos Chilima, Chingeni Tollgate Plaza

Malawi's Vice President, Saulos Chilima has urged the Roads Fund Administration to ensure speedy completion of the Chingeni Tollgate Plaza in Ntcheu so that it can be operational by September.

Chilima made the call on Thursday when he visited the plaza which is along the M1 road to Lilongweto appreciate the progress of the works. 

The K2 billion project started in July last year and was expected to be finished last December.

"This is part of the reform areas at the Roads Fund, and I am glad it is going on well. Let's at least start using this facility by September so that it serves its intended purpose complimenting other avenues of generating revenue for the country," Chilima said.

Part of the plaza- photos courtesy of Roads Authority pages

Chief Executive Officer for the Roads Fund Administration, Stewart Malata, said Covid-19 affected the purchase of some equipment outside the country which has caused the delay in finishing the project.

He however said they are working to complete the infrastructure part by July end so that they can work on the ICT part until September.

"Let me assure all Malawians that the funds realised from this plaza will be put to good use," Malata said.

Government is constructing another Tollgate at Kalinyeke in Dedza district and targets about K5.2 billion revenue when they become operational.