Moshi — THE Vice President, Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal on Sunday starts a two day visit in Kilimanjaro region, to inaugurate power projects. The constructed and other rehabilitated projects owned by Tanesco were funded by Japan through its International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and are geared towards ensuring uninterrupted power.
Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Leonidas Gama said the Vice President graces a very important event in the region. "We all know how power is often interrupted here.
These are very big projects that are beneficial to Kilimanjaro residents as power woes are expected to end," he said. The rehabilitated cooling substations and transmission lines are located at Kiyungi, YMCA, Lawate and the main one at Makuyuni where the main inauguration will be held.
The KCMC substation is a new one. Mr Gama said the Vice President will visit and inspect Kiyungi, YMCA, and Makuyuni substations. Kilimanjaro region is a famous tourist destination for the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa hence the construction and rehabilitation will boost the tourist industry as well as welfare for the locals.
For sometime, there was no investment on rehabilitations on the power utilities so it was deemed necessary to replace the malfunctioning equipment and increase the number of facilities so as to meet the increasing demand of electricity in the fast growing region.