Mwanza — THE Ministry of Works has launched MV Temesa, which is worth over 600m/-. The marine vessel is expected to offer transport service on Lake Victoria in Mwanza City.
The services will help ease traffic congestion on roads. The Minister for Works, Dr John Magufuli, said that MV Temesa will offer transport with stops at Luchelele, Sweya, Butimba TTC, Mkuyuni, Igogo (Bosco), and Kirumba docks.
The ferry will also offer services at Igombe and kayanze. "This ferry project was outlined in the CCM manifesto. President Jakaya Kikwete had promised citizens in Mkolani ward in Nyamagana District that a ferry would be introduced to alleviate travel hardships in the areas and in the city centre," said Dr Magufuli.
MV Temesa will start its operations next week and will move passengers and cargo. Dr Magufuli noted that MV Temesa is of its own kind and the first across the country.
The second such ferry will be in Dar es Salaam and will travel from Dar es Salaam city to Bagamoyo. He announced that the fare for adults will be 500/- and pupils and students under 18 years will travel free of charge so long as they have identity cards and uniforms.
And children who are not at schools but under 18 years of age will pay 100/-. The congestion vexes Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Mwanza to the extent that government has put in place different strategies to curb the escalating problem.
There are plans to construct flyovers and rings roads to enable commuters to travel comfortably, reliably and safely to their destinations.