Arusha Times (Arusha)

Tanzania: Grand Arusha Rural Electrification Project Starts in Earnest

More than 11,000 homes from nearly 70 villages in Arusha-Rural District will benefit from cheap power connections in line with the Rural Electrification Project set to start next week in the precinct.

The 500Kv power Project being executed by the East African Power Solutions Limited will cost over 40 billion/-, according to Engineer Werema Msongo who is the Director of the firm undertaking the task.

"All the surveyed villages in Arusha-Rural will be covered by the grand electrification project which starts next week and is to be completed by next year, precisely June 2015," said Eng Msongo adding that the company will also make use of other workers who are to be recruited from the villages in order to both save costs and provide employment to the locals.

"Once accomplished, the project will make it easy for practically every household with over 70,000 residents between them, to get connected to the main grid at the lowest cost of just shs 27,000 initial connection fee," said Eng Makoye Ng'erere the Senior Manager for the Tanzania Electricity Company (TANESCO) Limited in the Northern Zone.

The TANESCO official also warned the local residents against some unscrupulous characters that may start cheating them to issue bribes in order to be connected to power, saying every legible household will be linked without hassle or extra costs.

Already electric posts for the proposed project are being put in place throughout the mapped areas, with the District Council Chairman Mr Simon Ole Saning'o warning villagers not to interfere with the project through invasion of land or plots earmarked for the works.

On his part, Eng Genes Kakore, the TANESCO General Manager pointed out that there will be no compensation on crops that may get uprooted to pave way for electric posts and that the villagers must be prepared to suffer minor consequences to enable the ambitious development project.

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