Dodoma — TANZANIA Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) has set aside 2.8bn/- for urban electrification in a move aimed at ensuring the outskirts of cities and towns are connected.
Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr Charles Kitwanga told the National Assembly that government is committed in ensuring that as the rural electrification intensifies, urban areas are evenly supplied with electrification.
Mr Kitwanga was responding to a question by Joseph Mbilinyi (Mbeya Urban- Chadema), who wanted to know when government will electrify Kidunda, Isyesye, Itende, Tembelea, Mwansanga, Mwansekwa and Iziwa which are in the outskirts of Mbeya City.
"Distribution of power to Isesye and Itende wards is being implemented by government in a project financed by the MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation - MCC). The project has been implemented by Symbion and is100 per cent complete," he said.
He noted that the works include the power line of 33kilovolt which stretches 2.4kms, construction of another 0.4kilo- volt power line which stretches 22.95kms and installation of four transformers and connection of 1,076 preliminary customers at the cost of 803m/-.
He added that power to the rest of the wards in question will be implemented by Tanesco and will include construction of a power line of 33kv and 16.5km long, 11kv and 13km long, 0.4kv and 26km long and installation of five trans- formers as well as connecting 2,335 new customers at the cost 1.299bn/-.
In a supplementary question, Mr Peter Msigwa (Iringa Urban-Chadema) wanted to know government's plan to implement such projects located on the outskirt of Iringa town.
"We will from June con- duct a feasibility study for areas located in the outskirt of towns and cities and Tanesco has put aside 2.8bn/- for that purpose," he said.
Mr Kitwanga noted that the only challenge his ministry is facing is the construction of power lines in congested and unplanned areas, adding that the ministry is working closely with the Prime Minister's Office.