THE State has allocated over 30.8bn/- for the construction of modern Sumbawanga Airport in Rukwa Region that has to take off with immediate effect.
Making the revelation here yesterday, Regional Tanroads Engineer, Eng Masuka Mkina said a total of 96 residents whose plots would be affected by the construction have been compensated and issued them with a one-month notice to demolish their houses.
Eng Mkina said that while briefing the area Regional Road Board (RRB) meeting that was chaired by Rukwa Regional Commissioner (RC) Mr Joachim Wangabo.
He told the gathering that the construction of the Sumbawanbga Airport would cost over 55.9 bn/- and that M/s Sino Shine Overseas Construction & Investment East Africa Ltd has been contracted to undertake the project.
"The construction works would be supervised by SMEC International Pty Ltd from Australia in collaboration with SMEC Tanzania Ltd at the cost of 2,602,343.00 US dollars," added Eng Mkina.
According to Eng Mkina during 2017/18 fiscal year, the government allocated over 18.4bn/- for the start of the construction work.