The Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development Prof Anna Tibaijuka has been advised to ban car yards located in residential areas to reduce congestion in Dar es Salaam access, feeder and main roads.
Speaking in an interview recently, Penuel Healing Ministry cleric Alphonce Temba claimed that establishing the yards in residential areas was contrary to the National Human Settlement Policy.
Temba said despite government’s initiatives to implement various projects, including the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (DART), still congestion will not be reduced in the city due to what he described as ‘influx of vehicles’.
“The government needs to clear mushrooming car yards in residential areas,” stressed the clergyman.
Temba said the car yards have created unnecessary congestions in feeder, service and highways. “These yards should be banned to easy movements of people and goods,” he stressed.
The cleric advised Prof Tebaijuka and Works minister Dr John Magufuri to device joint solutions to the increasing problem of congestion caused by poor development of structures and roads.
Recently the government pulled down about 30 mansions in Dar es Salaam’s exclusive Mbezi Beach suburb in a largely unexpected operation meant to rid the area of structures standing within the mangrove conservation zone.
Already Magufuli had vowed in the National Assembly in Dodoma that no house or any other building built on road reserves would be left standing.