Government has pledged to commence upgrading works for the lakeshore road which passes through Salima, Nkhotakota to Nkhata Bay districts.
According to Minister of Transport and Public Works Sidik Mia, government is very aware that the road is in a very bad shape.
Mia told YFM onlinthat the road is one of government`s priorities and upgrading works will start very soon.
“The road is completely in a very bad shape and that road is supposed to be a national road and it is used by very heavy trucks carrying goods to Dwangwa and many other road users use that road a lot, it is an a regional road,” explained Mia.
Mia added that government through his Ministry is very aware that with the current state the road is, it is a death trap for most road users.
“So for government it is one of those priorities that we want to maintain, to bring it up to the standards where accidents are controlled,” he said.
“Because we have been having a lot of accidents you know that the bridges are one way which is very detrimental to our road users.”
In the 2020/2021 Budget estimates, Transport and ICT Sector has been allocated K150.6 billion.
According to Finance Minister Felix Mlusu, of this total allocation, K111.4 billion has been allocated to the Roads Fund Administration for construction of roads, while K1.4 billion has been allocated towards air and water transport infrastructure in the country.