27 May 2014

Tanzania: Deal Signed for Lake Victoria-Urambo Water Project

Dodoma — THE government has signed a contract with Metaferia Engineers of Ethiopia, G-PES and Don Consult Tanzania to conduct feasibility study for the implementation of the water project from Lake Victoria to Urambo Township in Tabora Region.

This was said by the Deputy Minister for Water, Mr Amos Makalla, when responding to a question raised by the Tabora North lawmaker, Shaffin Sumar, who wanted to know when the project will be completed.

Mr Sumar also wanted to know the number of villages that will benefit from the water from Lake Victoria when the project commences.

Mr Makalla said the lead consultant will work on the feasibility study done earlier, prepare tender documents and environment/social impact assessment. This work will undertake a total of 12 months to be completed at a total cost of 838,525 US dollars.

However, he said, the government will continue to supply water from Lake Victoria to Tabora Municipality, Nzega, Igunga and other villages, which would not exceed 12 kilometers from the main pipeline.

"It is very difficult to identify those villages that would benefit with the water supply from Lake Victoria until a feasibility study is done, Mr Makalla told the House. Deputy Minister Makala said the government now is seeking for the funds that would be spent in construction of water project in the area.

Meanwhile, the government has started to seek funds from various sources that would enable construction of the 211-km road from Njombe to Ludewa to tarmac level.

This was said by the Deputy Minister for Works, Mr Gerson Lwenge, when responding to a question by Ludewa legislator Deo Filikunjombe who wanted to know when the roads will be constructed to bituminous standards.

Mr Lwenge informed the House that the government has started to take measures that would ensure the Njombe-Ludewa Road is constructed to tarmac level.

"The Ministry of Works, through the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads), has started to carry out a feasibility study on the roads; this is a good step towards the commencement of the project," he said.

He said that already a consultant, Crown Tech, has been assigned to conduct a feasibility study and prepare tender documents for the construction of the road.

However, he said, the government, through this year's budget, will continue with the construction of 6.7 kilometres of roads into tarmac level within Ludewa Township.

He added that a total of 8bn/- has been set aside for the renovation of 168 km of roads from Itoni to Mkomang'ombe in Njombe and Ludewa to gravel level.

Similar works would be done for construction of seven kilometres from Mchuchuma Access and 46 kilometres from Mkiu- Liganga to ease transportation of heavy goods to the coal mines.

Earlier in her supplementary question, Special Seats MP Rita Kabati wanted the government to speed up construction of the roads within the area to enable coal and iron ore investors to move their equipment to the area easily.

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