SOME 8.3bn/- has been set aside for road construction and rehabilitation in Kilimanjaro region for 2012 / 20013 fiscal year.
Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) regional manager Engineer Marwa Rubirya said of the endorsed budget, 1.9bn/- will be injected into construction of bridges and rehabilitation of trunk roads while 6.3bn/- will be spent in constructing regional roads and bridges.
Eng Rubirya explained that construction budget for development projects in the region will be 524m/- in Road Fund of which 355m/- will be used to construct Same - Kisiwani road to tarmac level, while 89m/- will be spent to rehabilitate Mwembe Miamba -Ndungu road network.
He added that shs 80m/- has been budgeted to construct Kikuletwa bridge along Moshi Fonga Gate - TPC - Msitu wa Tembo on the border of Simanjiro district.
He said as far as the Consolidated Budget was concerned, one billion shillings has been earmarked for implementing development projects in the region, of which 648m/- will be spent to construct selected road network to fulfill pledges made by the central government, while 221m/- will be injected into construction of Same -Kisiwani road to a tarmac level and 110m/- will be spent to rehabilitate Mwanga - Kikweni road.
TANROADS Regional Manager told the delegates that work plan was based on two cycles in which during the first cycle, a total of 14 tenders were floated on June 4 this year, which was 61 per cent of the approved budget for 2011 / 2012, adding that a total of 13 contractors have been picked and construction work has begun.
Eng Rubirya revealed that during the second cycle, a total of 12 tenders were published in the print media and tenders were opened between October 4 and 16 this year awaiting approval of the tender board, saying after the on-going sorting out process was completed, contractors will be picked to implement road construction assignment.
Meanwhile, Eng Rubirya has mentioned abusive and threatening language on the part of some truck drivers, conductors and passengers as some of the problems and challenges facing operators of weighbridges at Himo junction as the truck drivers brace for long queues, especially during peak hours.
He allayed fears of the delegates by telling them that plans were afoot to set up a second weighbridge at Same urban centre to serve trucks from Same, adding that 200m/- has been endorsed for the project. He added that a third weighbridge will also be in place after the on-going rehabilitation of Arusha - Holili/Taveta highway was completed, adding that feasibility study was in its final stage.