18 February 2013

Tanzania: New Highway to Boost Development in Mara Region

Musoma — Mara Region is expecting a business boom, thanks to the fourth phase government's commitment to construct a tarmac highway from Makutano Juu in Musoma to Mugumu town in Serengeti District.

"The road will boost the economy of Serengeti District and Mara as a whole. The highway will also create business opportunities between Serengeti and Musoma town", Member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling Chama Chama Mapinduzi (CCM) in Musoma urban, Vedastus Mathayo, said in an exclusive interview with the 'Daily News' here.

Mr Mathayo said construction of the road will significantly boost tourism and travel sector in Mara Region which hosts large part of the world's heritage sites of Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) and Lake Victoria beaches. "With a tarmac road in place travelling from Serengeti to Musoma will take an hour rather than spending several hours on the road.

It will also be a shortcut for foreign tourists visiting SENAPA," Mr Mathayo, who also served as member of parliament for Musoma urban on CCM ticket between 2005 - 2010, said. Mr Mathayo is also one of serious local investors who have set up classic tourist hotels in Musoma town in the recent years.

The Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) has in the recent days held crucial talks with the contractor as part of final stages, ahead of the commencement of the construction of the highway. Execution of the project will kick off with 50 kilometers from Makutano Juu- Sanzate area, which borders some rural villages of Serengeti and Bunda districts, according Mara Regional TANROADS Manager Engineer Korosso.

The next phase, of the project will involve Sanzate- Natta-Mugumu road covering around 74 km. "After the discussions with the contractor, construction work will start immediately", Engineer Korosso told the 'Daily News' recently. Construction of the highway is implementation of a promise made to Mara residents by President Jakaya Kikwete a few years ago.

The much-awaited highway is also meant to link Mara and Arusha regions through SENAPA, a move aimed to uplift living standards of local communities residing near the world's famous park.

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