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House team decries delays in DART project implementation

7th April 2012
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The parliamentary committee on the Constitution, Justice and Public Administration has decried delays in the implementation of the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (DART) project for over ten years.

The query was raised on Thursday when the committee toured DART offices to assess the implementation of the project.

Muhambwe member of parliament Felix Mkosamali criticized the performance of the project, saying there was no linkage between what had been invested and the reality on the ground.

“This project has taken too long. It  should have a specific timeframe to be completed. We cannot be waiting for the project to take off for ten whole years,” he said.

Another member, Mohammed Said Mohammed, blamed the government for  failure to implement its plans on time.

“Some plans take far too long to be fulfilled or sometime simply end up on papers,” he said.

Mkwajuni constituency MP Jaddy Simai Jaddy said despite DART’s efforts to inform the people with sweet words about the progress of the project, he believed that the project was not sustainable.

In response, DART chief executive officer Cosmas Takule said despite financial problems besetting the project, they would start paying compensation to people to be relocated in two months time. He said they needed about 10bn/- for the exercise.
He said completion of the project will be in February, 2014.

“We shall create about 80,000 employment opportunities for drivers, cleaners and watchmen,” he said.

He told the visiting members of parliament that the project will reduce the current problem of traffic jams in the city.

“This project is capable of transporting at least 400,006 people daily who are among 47 per cent of Dar's population who utilize public transport,” said Takule.

Earlier, committee chairperson Pindi Chana said they visited the DART offices to assess its performance before starting the Bunge session next week.
 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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