Speaking to reporters last week after inauguration of NHC’s new Board of Directors, NHC Director General Nehemiah Mchechu said the implementation of the second phase of the project is expected to kick off this August and expected to be ready by August Next year.
“Construction of these 1,000 house will be done after completion of the implementation of the first phase of the project, named Iyumbu Satellite Centre,” Mr. Mchechu said.
Mr. Mchechu explained that the projects are expected to cost over Sh160 billion that would be obtained from loans from financial institutions and engagement of local and foreign investors.
The construction industry currently contributes 24 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but Mr. Mchechu was optimistic that the development of the designated capital will boost the industry's contribution to 30 per cent.
Mchechu explained that the Corporation’s decision to construct the houses tries to respond to the rising demand of settlements for civil servants after the government made a bold decision to shift its headquarters from Dar es Salaam to the designated capital.
According to Mchechu, 234 hectares of land have been surveyed for the project with urban planning rules and regulations adhered to under Capital Development Authority (CDA).
The Satellite Centre, located 10 kms from Dodoma City, is adjacent to the University of Dodoma and constitutes three-roomed stand-alone housing units laid in 79 square kilometers, 85 and 115 square kilometers.
The houses are connected with well-set water system and electricity, nursery school, dispensary, a shopping mall, among other social amenities. Other amenities include play grounds and ample car packing for residents and tenants within the settlement. Mchechu said that the housing units can be acquired through mortgage finance or progressive payment plan.
"More still, as the country faces a shortage of 3.5 million housing units, with the demand increasing at an average of 200,000 units per annum, we hope the housing projects in Dodoma will help to ease the shortage," Mr. Mchechu noted.