Dodoma — THE government will spend over one trillion/- to decongest roads in Dar es Salaam during the 2012/13 financial year, the Minister for Works, Dr John Magufuli, told the National Assembly here on Thursday.
Moving his ministry's budget estimates in the House, the minister said the money will also cater for construction of flyovers and ring roads. The much-awaited construction of Kigamboni Bridge to link Magogoni and Kigamboni and construction of ramps to facilitate ferry boat services between Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo are also on the budget.
Dr Magufuli said that the government had allocated 899.063billion/- for construction of various roads in the city. He also said that the government had set aside 2billion/- for a flyover at the junction of the ever-busy Nelson Mandela Expressway and Nyerere Road (Tazara area).
"We have set aside local funds amounting 2.79billion/- for construction of Kigamboni Bridge. This project is a partnership of the government and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF)," Dr Magufuli told the House. The minister stated that 2billion/- had been allocated for construction of ferries and boats ramps between Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam. Plans are afoot to introduce boat transportation linking the two urban areas.
Dr Magufuli noted that the total cost of administering all roads and bridges under construction is 170billion/-. "Feasibility studies and detailed project designs conducted across the country worth 6.612billion/- have been carried out while ferry projects in Geita, Mwanza, Mara, Dar es Salaam, Mtwara, Ruvuma, Kigoma, Morogoro, Tanga, Kagera and Coast regions have been allocated 28.068bn/-.
According to the minister, the ongoing construction of government buildings and houses will cost 101.932billion/-. All the construction and rehabilitation projects mentioned would employ over 650,000 people. "This figure doesn't include food vendors, brick makers, masons, sand and gravel diggers," he stated.
In another development, the Contractors Registration Board (CRB) had registered 9,041 contractors and deregistered 2,576 while Engineers Registration Board (ERB) had registered 11,264 engineers and deregistered six consultant engineers and five consultancy companies.
Dr Magufuli stated that Road Fund Board would in this financial year collect 400billion/- that will be used in construction of roads and bridges by TanRoads, regional administration and local authorities. Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure said that Tanzania was losing 4billion/-per day (1.44trillion/- per year) due to traffic jams in Dar es Salaam and that the government should expedite its plans to decongest the city.
Speaking on behalf of the committee, its Vice-Chairperson, Ms Anne Kilango Malecela, advised the government to build a flyover linking Ubungo and Chang'ombe first before building the one at Tazara.