Luchenza Municipality Council has kick started the construction of a Bus Depot with financial support from the Local development Fund (LDF).
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Luchenza Municipal Council Peter Jimusole confirmed the development in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday.
He said a total of K 135 million was released from the LDF for the project and Blithe Construction Company has already started the project which is expected to be finalized by June, 2017.
“The idea of constructing a bus depot started way back in 2012 but there were some outstanding legal issues that were blocking the project but now everything is settled. According to the estimation that was made, it should be finished by mid-June next year, barring any unforeseen hiccups,” Jimusole added.
He said once finished, the bus depot will provide a convenient point where services can be controlled from.
Jimusole said the Council will start installing street lights in Luchenza early next year.
“I want Luchenza Municipality to be more exemplary in service delivery to the community. I will make sure that all projects should be completed according to schedule. All the contractors will meet the set deadline as evidenced on the work being undertaken at the site so far,” the CEO pointed out.
The construction of the bus depot comes at a time when government is constructing several other depots including that of Ntcheu District.
In August 2013, Germany and Malawi governments co-financed the project through the Local Development Fund urban window, pumping in MK265 million.
Lilongwe based construction firm Dumisani Building contractors was first contracted to do the construction work on the site but after a number of months elapsed since works started, authorities terminated the contract due to failure by the contractor to meet certain targets.
Last August, the government of Malawi hired a new contractor Mphatso Metal Works and Building contractors to finish remaining works. (By Tikondane Vega, Blantyre, December 1, Mana)