SOME few buses will start to operate under the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (DART) System later this year, ahead of the completion of the first phase of the project.
The Acting Chief Executive, DART Agency, Mrs Asteria Mlambo, told a news conference in Dar es Salaam that the implementation of the first phase of the project was going on well.
"The project is expected to be completed next year, but efforts are underway to make sure that few buses start to operate this year," she said. The buses will be plying between Kimara and Kivukoni. The Dar es Salaam project which is now in its first phase is categorised in six parts.
The first part is being implemented by a Germany-based company, Strabag, that is building a road from Kimara area to Kivukoni. The second stage is the construction of the main Ubungo Bus terminal where there will be a parking and a garage for buses.
The third part will be construction of the Jangwani parking lot which will also include the project's administration headquarters. She said that the fourth part will be Kivukoni area which is now complete by 90 per cent, while the fifth part is construction of the main Kariakoo Gerezani bus stop.
The sixth part is construction of bus stops that will connect people from their respective places. "The project is going on well," she said. She said that the project which is being supervised by TANROADS has already been implemented by 55 per cent.
Some few days ago, DART Agency signed a contract for advisory services for the procurement of Bus Operators, Fare Collector and Fund manager for the operations of the DART System.
The contract signed with a Netherland's based company won the contract valued at USD 1,328,415. On-going works of the project envisions reducing traffic jams and congestion in the Dar es Salaam City.
The project includes construction of 20.9 kilometres special trunk road from Kimara terminal to Kivukoni area, Msimbazi road from Fire to Kariakoo-Gerezani area and part of Kawawa Road from Magomeni to Morocco junction.