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PDU holds round table discussion on M1 road rehabilitation project

The Chairperson of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) Dr Janet Banda on Thursday held a meeting with different stakeholders to address the challenges affecting the rehabilitation of M1 road project.

Speaking during the meeting Banda highlighted that fuel shortage, forex scarcity, duty waiver, relocation of utilities and cement shortages are some of the challenges that have contributed to the slow progress of the M1 road.

The meeting was aimed at finding solutions to speed up the rehabilitation of M1 Road from KIA turn-off to Mzimba turn-off and Kacheche to Chiweta.

“As for the issue of fuel shortage we have agreed to grant the contactors permission to import fuel directly from outside using their own forex reserves,” She said.

Banda further said that forex scarcity will not be a problem for the implementation of the project since it is a foreign account that is being financed by development partners.

Another critical challenge was that of shortage of cement and the ministry of trade made an assurance that they will facilitate import licenses for cement to the Contractors to be importing cement directly.

However the coordinator for the M1 rehabilitation project Elias Sisya said the timeframe for the completion of the project has been delayed by 13 months and that they will have to be extended.

The works contracts commenced on 29th June 2022 and it is being financed by European Investment Bank Loan, European Union Grant and Malawi government.

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