Arusha Times (Arusha)

Tanzania: Dutch Firm to Work on Arusha's Drainage System, Residential Flats

An engineering company based in the Netherlands has inked an agreement with a local company aimed at introducing their reportedly, 'world class engineering' ingenuity to Arusha.

The firm, 'Iv-Water,' of Amsterdam has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Arusha-based, 'Winning Spirit Construction Company,' to bring into Tanzania, its passion for technology, real-estate development and linking investments for capacity building in equipment, technology application and technical expertise.

Winning Spirit Construction Executive Director, Mr Maximillian Iranghe said the MoU worth US $ 500,000 (nearly 900 million), signifies three-year collaboration between the two companies coupled with linkage to foreign investments in top-level equipment.

Starting July this year the two companies will jointly hatch construction projects covering water drainage systems, road network and other civil engineering undertakings, including a future establishment of 50 residential apartments in Muriet area to house 140 families.

They figured that since currently only about 7 percent of Arusha's households are connected to a waste water system, which is also old and needs upgrading and expansion, proper drainage channels need to be constructed in conjunction with local councils.

"The current situation, like the recent floods in Dar-es-salaam and what the rains are doing to the infrastructure all over the country is a sign that something should really be done and the sooner the better," said Mr Iranghe.

He added that with world class expertise the two companies aim at shaping Arusha city to be environmentally sustainable, boasting good infrastructure and water systems similar to those of first world communities.

The MoU will also place at Arusha City's disposal, over 1000 engineers working under the Iv-Group, which is a parent company of Iv-Water and one of the top engineering companies with a turnover of about 140 million Euros.

The Director for Iv-Water Mr Erik Vegt expressed satisfaction that his company was getting a chance to play a role in the Tanzanian market.

"For the past few weeks we all have witnessed the disaster that the rains are causing in Tanzania and it is high time that something is done about it once and for all and we can definitely help with that," said Mr Vegt.

Mr Iranghe said now that his company will be elevated to a class one corporation, is an opportunity to create more jobs, improve its efficiency and attain an ISO certification.

"This is an opportunity to Tanzanian trained engineers to be able to learn from one of the world's best engineers and get the opportunity to explore the higher level of engineering experience," added the Director.

Mr Beatus Mlingi, the Executive director of a Management firm, Beatruth Limited which brought the two companies together said the future looks bright for Arusha and its people through the MoU.

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