12 July 2012

Tanzania: Agency to Run Kigamboni Project

Dodoma — THE government has set aside 60bn/- this financial year for implementation of the Kigamboni satellite city master plan, the National Assembly was told here on Wednesday.

The Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development Minister, Professor Anna Tibaijuka, said the amount represents 59 per cent of her ministry's 2012/13 budget. The entire cost of the project to be implemented in three phases is estimated at 11.6 tr/-.

Prof Tibaijuka vowed to closely supervise the project to ensure it takes off immediately. She, however, noted that her ministry will have to find other sources of income to supplement the 60bn/- budgeted for the project this year.

"The amount (60bn/) is only 10 per cent of the 605bn/- needed for implementation of the project in the first three years," said the minister as she tabled before the House her ministry's budget estimates. She said the government has formed the Kigamboni Development Agency to oversee the project.

She reassured all residents who will be affected by the project of being compensated fairly according to current market rates. She also said the estimated 82,000 Kigamboni residents could always be accommodated in the new city planned for a 400,000 population.

The new city master plan seeks to provide sufficient infrastructure such as residential, commercial, trade and business, industrial, educational, and tourism facilities. The Kigamboni satellite city master plan is designed to build a core for accommodating new land demand such as residential, commercial, trade and business, industrial, educational and recreational facilities.

The first phase is scheduled for 2012-2022, second phase (2022-2027) and third phase 2027-2032). The minister who asked the House to endorse 101,731,722,000 development and recurrent expenditures for her ministry, said her ministry was in the process to finalize formation of the land compensation fund that will oversee allocation of land to investors based on invested value method of land valuation.

"We aim to make sure people benefit more from land investments in their areas and ensure sustainability of extensive land-based investments," she said.

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