Machinga — Upgrading of Kamuzu Barrage on Shire River at Liwonde in Machinga is scheduled to start on August 1, this year according to Director of Planning and Development for Machinga District Council, Michael Chimbalanga. Chimbalanga disclosed this during a District Executive Committee meeting held Friday in the district.
He said the upgrading of Kamuzu Barrage on Shire River at Liwonde starts off August 1 with funding from the World Bank.
The Kamuzu Barrage project is part of Water Related Infrastructure Development of the Shire River Basin Management Programme. Mota Engil Civil Engineering will upgrade the barrage, according to Chimbalanga.
The current barrage's gate operates manually while the upgraded barrage's gates will be operating electrically, according to Shire River Basin Management sources.
In May this year, the Ministry of Water Development through Machinga District Council spent K146, 385,500 in compensating 29 people whose property is affected by the project.
Billy Mphande of Shire Camp was highest paid business person who was paid K55, 000,000 as his place will be demolished to pave way for a Weed Boom which will trap water weeds in the Shire River.
The payment ranged from K55, 000,000 to K400, 000, according to Machinga Lands Officer, Aubrey Jaza.
Kamuzu Barrage was inaugurated by first head of state, Dr, Hastings Kamuzu Banda in 1965.