The Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) has chipped in to ensure that Arusha is transformed into a modern city and make it the best destination for investors in the East African region and Africa at large.
“So far, we have formed a special committee which will work closely with public and private sectors to accomplish this noble mission,” chairperson of TCCIA — Arusha Chapter, Adolf Olomi stated.
Speaking recently here in Arusha, Ulomi said: “We want to make Arusha the best that is possible...to make it a modern city."
The official, who is also the managing director of the Arusha-based Banana Investment winery, explained that a first meeting of the task force on the development of the city took place recently to lay ground for the way forward.
According to him, the committee is made up of officials from the city council and representatives from the private sector, among others.
The new master plan is also expected to phase-out the overwhelming traffic chaos in the safari capital of Arusha However, Olomi could not divulge much information on the proposed master plan, saying much work remains to be done to set in motion preparation of a new development plans for the fast expanding town.
He said the growing city, which is the headquarters of several regional institutions like the East African Community (EAC), cannot afford to continue with slums in the next 30 to 50 years.
The TCCIA leader that in developing "a world class city", local administrators should not hesitate to order pulling down of squatters dwellings as well as compensate for the buildings to be demolished in the surveyed areas.
"We can't afford to have the present structures in Arusha in the next 30 years if the town is to become competitive in East Africa", he stated when reached by this reporter to elaborate further on the matter.
According to him, the last development master plan for Arusha was prepared in 1978 and, according to the TCCIA chairperson and other stakeholders; it had largely not been implemented.
"I can't say why it had not been implemented. May be some people did not like it", he said of the plan prepared by the Canadian urban experts when the population of the town was well below 100,000.
He further argued that the Arusha "of tomorrow" would need the industrial parks, well demarcated areas for low and high density as well as specially designated areas for commerce and social services.
Officials of the Municipal Council could not been reached to comment on this though known to be part of the drive to prepare a new master plan for the city where increasing businesses has outstripped available services.
The government, nevertheless, in 2010 tripled the size of the city to 270 square kilometres from 93 kilometres square after hiving off some wards in the neighbouring Arumeru district.
The population of the city is currently estimated at well above 500,000 with some projections hinting that it could reach one million by the time the National Population Census is held next August.
Key infrastructure development projects that have started being undertaken including expanding the road network as well as opening new roads around the city to cope with huge traffic.
Arusha remained a hub of local, regional and international organizations as well as higher learning institutions; hence revamping it up remained a necessary step.