The Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa has called on Contractors and Engineers in the country to educate themselves thoroughly on the new system for Civil (Roads and Bridge) construction contracts, where the government will verify services found along the road.
The New system which is currently being employed by developed countries will enable the contractor in the country to build roads through long term contracts where the contractor will be paid according to the outcome.
Prof Mbarawa who was opening a seminar for road stakeholders from 19 countries and 30 institutions across the world, being held in Arusha, said the new criteria will force Contractors to build high quality roads. He said constructing high quality and safe roads will reduce frequencies in maintenance, which costs the government millions of shillings.
"Building high quality roads will reduce the frequency and costs that the government incurs in maintaining poorly built roads," Prof Mbarawa said. Minister Mbarawa however confirmed that there are challenges in construction and rehabilitation of district roads, stressing that many of these roads were poorly constructed without maintaining quality standards that needed to be adhered to.
"The government plans to establish a district road agency that will work as it is for the case of the agency for main roads and regional roads, to increase efficiency," Prof Mbarawa explained.
Prof Mbarawa commended the Road Fund Board for distributing well and on time funds meant for road construction in all Councils across the country, calling on all Council heads to ensure the funds are used for those projects.
"However, any one who will misuse the road funds will be taken to task. We want the money to go directly to those projects so that the nation can reach its objective of becoming a middle income country by 2025 by having in place better road infrastructure," he explained.
The Permanent Secretary (Works Sector) Eng Joseph Nyamhanga said the five day seminar has brought together road experts in the country to discuss challenges and achievements of the new system for Civil (Roads and Bridge) construction. He said once the new system is implemented, it will reduce costs of road construction and increase leverage for local contractors.
Eng Nyamhanga said Tanzania has a total of 87,481km of road networks, out of which 35,000km are main and regional roads and 52,581km district roads and all will be constructed under the new system.
The Road Fund Board Manager Joseph Haule said the new system will reduce costs of constructing roads by 30 percent and will benefit local contractors and engineers due to good policies that protect them.
A total of 200 road experts from different countries in Africa, Europe and America are participating in the five day seminar in Arusha region, under the chairperson of the Road Association, Kiran Kapila with the objective of exchanging experience on construction of high quality and standard roads.