He told members of the NEMC board of directors during a visit to the project’s site that all is well for the construction of the project. “Being the institution responsible for management of our environment, we participated in all the early stages and all basic pre-execution environment and social impact assessments were made before this project was allowed to go ahead. The implementation of this project will not destroy the environment,” he assured.
NEMC officials, he said, will make frequent visits at the project to ensure environment protection compliance.
The DG explained that the project has a great significance to Tanzania’s development and economic growth, adding that NEMC will cooperate with other institutions to ensure execution of the project does not destroy Tanzania’s environment.
“Our task is to facilitate implementation of this big power project because it has great bearing on the national industrialisation process.”
He explained that national development is multi-sectoral, adding that the council has prepared itself well to play its role and be active participant in implementing the government’s projects.
Dr Gwamaka said NEMC will emphasise on public education in a deliberate bid to make people active players in protecting the environment particularly people living near the water sources.
He said people must appreciate the importance of protecting sources of water bodies, especially water flowing into Rufiji basin so that the project becomes sustainable.
Deputy Minister of State in Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment), Mussa Sima toured the regions whose water sources were flowing into Rufiji River to see how best those catchments should be naturally protected.
He directed the authorities to protect them at any cost to ensure adequate flow of the precious liquid key in the construction of mega electricity dam dubbed Stigler’s Gorge estimated to produce 2,100 megawatts.
The tour took him to the regions of Mtwara, Lindi, Ruvuma, Njombe, Mbeya, Iringa, Morogoro and climaxed at the Rufiji River where the mega power project will be implemented.