23 June 2012

Tanzania: Six-Lane Dar es Salaam Kibaha Road in the Pipeline

THE government plans to construct a six-lane 100-kilometre express way running from Dar es Salaam to Chalinze.

The Deputy Minister for Works, Eng Gerson Lwenge, said that the expansion will reduce traffic jams. The Minister was responding to Mr Silvester Koka (Kibaha Urban-CCM) who had wanted to know the government plans for the construction of the road between Dar es Salaam to Kibaha.

Mr Koka said that the road, 'Morogoro road' connects many regions and districts and goes even beyond the country but it was not adequately constructed thus resulting into unending jams and accidents.

The minister said that the preliminary study conducted in 2011, revealed that due to number of vehicles along Morogoro road the project was likely to be implemented through Public Private Partnership (PPP) and its operation be based on toll road.

"We had already conducted preliminary study and now the government is looking for investors both local and foreigners to invest in this express way project," Eng Lwenge said, adding that the government was also looking for loans for the said project.

The deputy minister also warned all those who were within the road reserve to immediately start vacating as when the project gets in place no one would be compensated for they had violated Road Reserves Act.

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