Timely intervention. The Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daud, MP, has weighed in on the importance of developers whose buildings were marked with a red star to demolish and build new ones.
Deputy Minister listens to one of the developers in Limbe
Daud said this as she toured road projects and red star buildings along Churchill Road and Livingstone -Avenue in the commercial city.
The Deputy Minister emphasized that the old and dilapidated structures that were condemned about five years ago make the city unattractive and put the lives of people at risk.
She added that in line with Malawi 2063, the government is prioritizing urbanization hence there is a need to plan ahead of time by developing structures that are modern and beautiful.
“Blantyre as a commercial city should look attractive with most of its infrastructure in place. These shabby structures do not depict a good status of the city, moreover, they are a threat to people who live and work around,” she said.
Daud gestures as if pleading with a developer to demolish his building
She added that her ministry will continue monitoring various development projects so that the plans are fulfilled.
One of the structure owners, Salim Karim, who has several structures including the one that houses Pound Shop said he was ready with the new plans only that he was waiting for the city to approve his ideas.
“I promise to resubmit the plans to the council by next Monday and start the demolition and construction as soon as the city council approves,” he said.
Another businessman, Osman Bhambani pleaded with the Deputy Minister for a three-week grace period saying that he had few things to be sorted out before the project commences.
According to the Deputy Minister, Blantyre City Roads Rehabilitation Programme received funding allocation from the government through the Roads Fund Administration (RFA) amounting to MK2 Billion in the last financial year and about MK10 Billion in this financial year for another set of roads and bypasses improvement.
Deputy Minister speaks to one of the developers
Daud said with the current population boom and increased number of vehicles in the country, the roads will help in lessening traffic congestion in the city.
Some of the roads under improvement include Chilobwe-Stella Maris road, Kapeni-Mahatma Gandhi road and junction slip lanes as well as a bridge on Chilomoni Ring Road. (Story and pictures courtesy of www.malawiexclusive.com)