In 2018, President Mutharika launched the Malawi National Transport Master Plan (NTMP) aimed at guiding the development of the transport sector to be implemented from 2017 – 2037. This master plan has seen the rapid rollout of key projects across the sector.
The government is implementing the Malawi Floods Emergency Recovery Project (MFERP) to fast track the recovery process in the aftermath of natural disasters such as floods, heavy winds and drought. MFERP has been allocated US$26.5 million targeting the improvement of about 100 kms of secondary roads, 850 metres of bridges and drainage structures that were partially or totally destroyed during floods.
At a cost of $13million, the Thabwa-Chitseko Road is the longest stretch covering 60 km. Rehabilitation works will cover from Thabwa along the M1 in Chikwawa to Seveni Trading Centre near Fatima in Nsanje district. Similar construction works are also under way in Phalombe and Thyolo among other districts in the southern region.
One of the major highlight in Phalombe is construction of Phalombe-Chitekesa bridge. The new bridge, which will connect people of Chitekesa, T/A Jenala in Phalombe North and those from Matiya in Zomba, replaces the old and feeble bridge that was swept away by gushing floods in 2015. Chitekesa Bridge will improve the livelihoods of people in the area.
So far, 239 bridges, 749 culverts and works on roads with an accumulative stretch of 17.4 kilometers have already been completed in 12 districts. Around 790 000 people are already benefiting from these structures, according to MFERP progress report
In the Central Region, 18 projects are underway including Kaphiri- Bunda Turn Off Section; Replacement of Diamphwe Bailey Bridge with concrete Deck on Diamphwe-Mikondo and routine maintenance works on Lilongwe City Roads