CONSTRUCTION of Ubungo interchange in Dar es Salaam will officially start in June this year after an exercise to remove various infrastructures is completed.
Already the project was launched last year by President John Magufuli.
Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Makame Mbarawa, said the work commenced with removal of various infrastructures to ensure people get services without problem.
“There is a big water pipe, underground gas pipe and some electric poles which were to be removed around the project area, he said.
Prof Mbarawa said the removal exercise should be carried with much care in order to ensure people get their services.
“You cannot remove water pipe and deny services to customers, so we have to ensure that the work is done without affecting anybody,” he stressed.
According to him, once all infrastructures are removed from the project area, the construction of Ubungo interchange would start in June this year.
He promised that his ministry will closely follow up the work to ensure that it is completed within the agreed timeframe and to acceptable standards. He asked the contractor to recruit locals so that they can benefit from the project.
Speaking during the launch last year President Magufuli said the interchange was part of his government resolve to carry out projects which address problems facing Tanzanians.
He noted that the construction of the interchange will tremendously reduce time motorists spent on Morogoro, Mandela and San Nujoma Roads. The three roads are notorious for traffic jam.
He said a six lane road project from Dar es Salaam to Chalinze was still on the cards to further ensure that transportation woes from the commercial city became a thing of the past.
World Bank has made available, through a loan, the funds to finance the project. It had also extended a loan to the government which facilitated the construction of the first phase of the Dar es Salaam Rapid Bus Transit (Dart).
It is estimated that of the project amount, Sh177.43 billion will be used for construction, Sh9 billion for design and consultancy and about Sh1.8 billion for compensation to those who will be evicted.