THE Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Ms Hawa Ghasia, has expressed government satisfaction with the ongoing preparations for implementation of the first phase of the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (DART) project expected to kick off at the end of this year.
Ms Ghasia hailed the recent marketing consultation meeting on phase one of the DART project and last week's collaboration agreement between the Association of Transporters in Dar es Salaam (UWADAR) and Dar es Salaam Commuter Bus Owners Association (DARCOBOA) on one hand, and Simon Group Ltd on the other, saying they reflected concerted efforts toward improving transport in the country's commercial city.
"These are pointers that transport in Dar es Salaam city is set to greatly improve," the minister told journalists in Dar es Salaam when briefing the media on issues concerning transport sector improvement in the city.
Last June's marketing consultation meeting attracted various players and service providers in the transport and allied sectors from within and outside Tanzania which provided a platform for investors to give their views on the project.
"The project's implementation is on track, and it is my hope that last week's signing of a cooperation pact will help to open a new chapter," the minister said.
It was during this meeting when Tanzanians seeking to invest in the system were advised to form companies and join forces in order to speak with one voice with a view to making them competitive.
"Considering how the system will work and the tendering process, people should come together and unite to be competitive," she said.
The minister said days were gone when Tanzanians used to work as individuals and that it was time to have a company which would have one strong voice in the transport sector.
"This will help bring efficiency in the city's transport sector," she said. She said the system envisaged in the new transport system called for stronger and more efficient local players.
She explained that it was her belief that local transport stakeholders had learnt a lot how the system would work, especially after travelling to other countries on study tours.
"I am happy that we have been together with local players since the beginning of this project and they have seen how the system works in other countries," she said.
The project envisions reducing traffic jams and congestion on Dar es Salaam city roads. The project includes construction of a 20.9 kilometre-long special trunk road from Kimara terminal to Kivukoni area, Msimbazi road from Fire to Kariakoo-Gerezani area and a part of Kawawa Road from Magomeni to Morocco junction.