By Azania Post Reporter
MAKAMBAKO residents in Njombe region, Southern High land Tanzania have requested the government to shift the Tanzania and Zambia Pipe Line in their area which have been a stumbling block for infrastructure development.
This was said in a Parliament in Dodoma region by Makambako Legislator Deo Sanga when asking a question to the government.
The MP said the pipe line which passes near district hospital and some residential areas was not friendly to the road infrastructure.
“This pipeline is a major source of road damage, we want the government to shift it to another area please tell us when such exercise would be carried?” He queried.
Responding the Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Elias Kuandikwa, said the government has contacted the pipeline management (TAZAMA) to see on how they can shift the structure.
“We are talking with the management to see costs to be involved in shifting the pipe, but the government will repair the damaged road,” he assured.
Recently two ministers of energy and minerals for Tanzania and Zambia inspected a 1,710 km crude oil pipeline linking Dar es Salaam with Lusaka.
They said the technology used by TAZAMA is outdated to cope with the present market competitions.
This calls for the need to adopt latest technology to increase efficiency and reduce operational cost,” they said. The visit by the government officials from the two countries came hardly two months after the visit by Zambia President Edgar Lungu to Tanzania.
During his visit, President Lungu and his Tanzanian counterpart, Dr John Magufuli, resolved to work hard on increased efficiency at the TAZAMA pipeline for mutual benefits.