Tanzania: Makongoro-Mwanza Airport Road in Progress

The government has increased compensation for assets affected by the expansion of Makongoro-Airport road and Furahisha pedestrian flyover projects from 100m/- to around 134m/-.

Briefing the Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Mr John Mongela, about the two key projects, the Mwanza regional TANROADS acting Manager, Eng. Joseph Mwami, said here yesterday that shifting the infrastructures has proved to be costly.

He mentioned the additional works as transfer of electric poles, water pipes and other infrastructures within the projects where the additional compensations is to be paid to the affected institutions. Eng Mwami said generally the project was in good progress despite minor challenges that are being faced by the contractor.

"The Contractor, Nyanza Road Works has promised to meet the set deadline in next November despite the obstacles that had been hindering implementation at the start of the project," said the Engineer.

The Nyanza road Works project Manager, Eng Ahabion Gilbert, also promised the Mwanza regional Commissioner that the projects will be completed on time as scheduled and all other financial obligations were in order.

Speaking at the site, RC Mongela told the project executers that he was worried following media reports that the project might not be completed on time as the contractor was experiencing several challenges and told the players to ensure nothing else affects it.

He said President John Magufuli was serious when he decided to disburse the money meant for Union Celebrations for the projects and thus nobody should play around with the funds, instead it should be spent judiciously.

Dr Magufuli directed early this year 2bn/- set for Union Day to be diverted to the projects since it was crucial for economic growth. The construction of flyover which is part of the project was equally to facilitate the pedestrian movements to-and- from a shopping facility to make sure the Airport road is not disrupted.

Source: Tanzania Daily News