Environmental Impact Assessment on Chikwawa Road in Malawi

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This document serves as an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the proposed road to Fatima in Chikwawa district. The project runs from Thabwa (near Shire River) to Fatima. The road has a lot of bridges and culverts since it is near the Shire River.

The project proponent is Chikwawa Town Assembly with Asian Grant Aid estimated at US$ 7Million. The total length of the road is about 22 Km and is a dusty road. There are 25 bridges and culverts that are estimated to be built along this road.


The proposed scope of the project is construction of tarmac road since currently the road is a dusty one and also construction of bridges, construction of drainage
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To identify both positive and negative environmental and social impacts of Fatima road construction project d. To develop an appropriate environmental management and strategic plan with recommended mitigation measures and strategies for addressing negative factors in the programme.



2.1 Nature of the Project

The proposed project under study if Fatima road under urban roads constructions. An Asian investor would like to invest $10 million USD on a project that requires an Environmental Impact Assessment.

2.2 Project Proponent

The project proponent is Chikwawa District Assembly, a local authority under the Ministry of Local Government and Urban Development. The core function of Blantyre City Assembly is the provision of municipal services, one of which is the construction and maintenance of roads. The proponent details are as follows: Proponent Name : Chikwawa District Assembly Postal Address : Private Bag 67, Blantyre, Malawi Physical Address : Blantyre Civic Centre, Kasungu Crescent. Telephone : (265) 01 870 211 Facsimile : (265) 01 870 417/ 508 E-mail address : bcadministration@sdnp.org.mw Contact Person : The Chief Executive Officer

2.3 Location of the Project Site

The site of the project, Fatima road the road passes several villages. Please see the map below:
Map: Location of Chikwawa District



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