Bingu’s dream lives on, Nsanje port
By Amalawi - Wed Jul 11, 8:52 am
MALAWI: Bingu’s dream lives on as the Malawi government and its strategic partners shortlists companies to carry out the navigability of the Shire and Zambezi rivers. The project was initially dumped in the early days of Joyce Banda’s government but it is now firmly back on the table.
According to Mozambican news agency AIM and Sidik Mia who is the minister for Transport and Infrastructure, they will soon short list and identify a company which will carry out the feasibility study on the two rivers. This company will assess the environmental impact of the navigability of the rivers from Nsanje in Malawi, as far as Chinde, in the Mozambican province of Zambézia. The tender has already been launched by the Malawian government.
Sidik Mia said that his government had launched a tender this year to hire national and foreign companies interested in carrying out the feasibility study, and noted that just six foreign companies had put forward proposals. Mia said the feasibility study will take up to 18 months to complete.
The overall project is expected to cost US$6 billion and includes not only the Nsanje river port, but also laying tarmac on the Blantyre-Nsanje road and dredging of the two rivers.