THE government has insisted that the massive investment programme it is implementing in the transport sector is aimed at facilitating movement of people in the country, including easing doing business.
Speaking after visiting the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) construction project at Igandu ward in Chamwino District, Dodoma Region yesterday, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the fifth phase government decided to massively invest in transport infrastructure for the major purpose of catapulting the country’s development.
He said once the SGR project is completed, it will speed up movement of people and goods, further making life easier.
“I am satisfied with the construction pace of the Morogoro - Makutupora SGR stretch project whose work has reached 51.9 per cent and is expected to be completed come February next year” said Mr Majaliwa after inspecting the 422-kilometre railway project.
Speaking on airport construction in every region in the country, Prime Minister Majaliwa said air transport should not be considered to be exclusive to a particular group of people.
Mr Majaliwa said airport construction lined up and those already in place are in Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Dodoma, Shinyanga, Tabora, Sumbawanga, saying more will be built in other regions.
He said even the airplanes purchased by the government have been bringing revenue that has been financing other projects in the country.
He reminded the public that three more aircrafts will arrive any time in the country, making a total of eleven airplanes for the national carrier.
Speaking on water transport, Prime Minister Majaliwa said billions of shillings have been poured on port construction and expansion projects in all ports in major water bodies in the country.
The government through Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has massively invested in the expansion of Mtwara, Dar es Salaam and Tanga ports, including expansion and construction of new ports in Lake Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa.
Apart from investing in ports infrastructure, Prime Minister Majaliwa said the government also invested in the rehabilitation and construction of new passenger and cargo ships to facilitate smooth movement of people and goods.
Several ships have been rehabilitated and operating in Lake Victoria, such as the New Victoria- Hapa Kazi Tu and MV Butiama, while the new mega multipurpose ship named MV Mwanza-Hapa Kazi Tu is currently under construction.
Recently, Prime Minister Majaliwa inaugurated a new multipurpose ship named Mv Njombe II plying in Lake Nyasa. More ships are lined up for renovation to improve further marine transport.
“We are building the first government vessel to operate in the Indian Ocean, plying between Dar-Tanga-Pemba-Zanzibar and Comoro” he insisted.
On road infrastructures, the Premier said it is clear how the fifth phase government has invested heavily in the areas because it cares for its citizens.
He assured the public whose assets have been affected in the course of construction of SGR project that they will be paid their compensation accordingly.
“All who have been affected by the SGR construction should rest assured that they will be paid what they are entitled per their documents of ownership” he insisted.
Briefing the Prime Minister, Chief Executive Officer of the Tanzania Railway Corporation, Mr Masanja Kadogosa said construction of the first phase of the SGR from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro is completed by 90 per cent and it might be operation in August.
As for the Morogoro to Makutupora, he said work by 51.9 per cent, saying they will engage with relevant authorities on how best the public can tap opportunities available for improved socio-economic welfare.
The SGR project, he said, has employed more than 8014 people, where 52 per cent are locals and 48 per cent foreigners.