The Minister for works, Dr John Magufuli has directed the Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mr Magessa Mulongo and Municipal Mayor, Mr Gaudence Lyimo, to start working on three new bus stations to serve the city.
Dr Magufuli issued the directive here, early this week during the occasion to officially open the Road Fund Board and Stakeholders Meeting which was taking place at the Naura Springs Hotel located at the Sanawari junction for three days.
"Arusha is congested and the current bus station's position, which is right in the town center contributes to unnecessary traffic jams whenever the long-distances busses depart or arrive in the city," said the Minister adding that the city was ripe for new terminals. He instructed the Regional and Municipal authorities to find other locations for such projects.
"The bus station at the town center must be shifted to some place along Moshi-Arusha highway and that terminal should only cater for passenger vehicles connecting Arusha with Moshi, Tanga, Dar-es-salaam, Morogoro and the Southern Highlands' regions," he pointed out.
Dr Magufuli also advised that another bus station should be established along the main Dodoma road, towards Kisongo where buses from the Central and Lake Zones of Tanzania, bringing passengers from Mwanza, Shinyanga, Singida, Babati and Dodoma will be docking.
The Minister also asked the officials to create a third terminal to handle short-distance commuters as well as town buses.
At least 100 passenger up-country buses from various destinations arrive in town and depart from Arusha on daily basis making the old bus terminal at the City Center which had never been refurbished or expanded to be overwhelmed by the increasing number of passenger vehicles.
The Regional Commissioner asked the Minister to allow them establish a new divert road to link the Arusha Airport section of Dodoma highway with Ngaramtoni area so as to ease traffic channeling into the city while trying to connect to the two destinations.
"Vehicles coming from Namanga intending to reach, Babati, Monduli or Ngorongoro are forced to drive all the way to Arusha town first and vice-versa while it would have been easy to have a by-pass road to link Dodoma road and Namanga highway without forcing motorists to enter Arusha City en-route to either Namanga or Manyara," pointed out the RC.
In response to that, the Minister issued green light to the proposed road, asking the RC to send a state evaluation team immediately to see if there are any compensations needed before the construction works could commence. The proposed road will be paved.
Meanwhile also the road project to upgrade the Arusha-Makuyuni section of Dodoma road into a two-lane track-way has started and already the houses built on the road sides in Ngarenaro, Majengo and Mbauda sections of the town are being demolished to pave way for the infrastructural development.