By Azania Post Reporter
DEPUTY minister for Works, Transport and Communication Elias Kwandikwa has revealed reasons why the East African 242km Tanga- Pangani- Saadani road delayed its construction process.
Kwandiwa said Wednesday during his three-day tour in Tanga region that the delay was caused by the occasion of the Kenya general elections.
He however noted that already experts have started working on the road’s feasibility study which is near to be complete.
“The evaluation, design and feasibility studies are already underway and they area worth Sh4.435bn according to the budget,” he said.
The deputy minister said further that Tanga- Pangani- Saadani road is linked with East Africa countries which started from Mombasa Kenya to Tanzania.
The implementation of the project is carried out by two East Africa countries Kenya and Tanzania, according to the deputy minister.
“So our neighbours Kenya stopped to continue with the implementation of the project because they had general election, " he said.
Kwandikwa explained that in the first drawing the road had a total length of 176 kilometers but after reviewing they decided the road not to cross at Saadan National park due to various factors and decided to divert it via Kwamsisi at Handeni which made a total of 242 kilometers of length.
He advised Pangani district council leaders to encourage their people to make use of the road in exploring various opportunities especially in areas of investments.
"I would like to advise Pangani district council leaders to use the opportunity of this road to solve economic problems they might be facing,” he said.
Furthermore he directed Pangani TARURA manager engineer Albert Maswaga to register all rural roads of the district in order for the ministry to have accurate records for easy use.
For his side the Tanga regional TANROADS manager Albert Ndumbaro said Tanga - Pangani - Saadani road construction was divided into three phases of which the first phase covers the 50km Tanga - Pangani road.