WORK BEGINS ON 200-KM TANZANIAN HIGHWAY LINKING ARUSHA AND MUSOMA

ARUSHA, TANZANIA, Work on the 200-kilometre highway linking this city in northern Tanzania with the town of Musoma, on the shores of Lake Victoria in northeastern Tanzania has begun with construction to first begin on the 49-km first phase from Mto-wa-Mbu to Sale, near the Arusha end.

The construction of the highway was among issues that were discussed during the Regional (Provincial) Road Board Meeting held at the Arusha Regional Headquarters, where it was explained that the first phase will cost 87 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 38.8 million US dollars), withe the whole project to be completed by 2020.

The contractor, China Wu Yi Company Limited, is expected to undertake the task over the next 24 months from now, said the Regional Manager of the Tanzania Road Networks Agency (TANROADS), Jonny De Kalupale.

All the workers' camps and operating bases have been set up, and at the moment the Chinese firm is waiting for machinery and other construction facilities to be cleared through Dar-es-Salaam Port, he disclosed, adding that the contractor would start with the first 49 km.

The distance from Arusha to Loliondo is 362 kilometres, but since the construction of the road to Wasso starts at Kigongo-Inn junction at Mtowa-Mbu, the work will cover a 215 kilometres stretch in total. The proposed tarmac road is described as being of high economic and social benefit to residents of Arusha and Mara Regions.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK