The Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (DART) bus terminal construction has begun following the completion of the demolition exercise of 53 houses at Kariakoo area in the city.
DART chief executive officer Cosmas Takule revealed this over the phone during an interview.
“Following the return of the area to the government, DART has started the process of building the bus terminal with immediate effect. When the rapid bus project starts, it will facilitate effective flow of people to and from the city centre,” he said.
Takule said construction of the terminal was stalled for quite sometime due to lack of space, and now that the land has been given to them, there will be no more delays.
The DART CEO said the Dar es Salaam population is estimated to reach 12 million people by 2025, signaling that an effective means to transport people should be adopted now before it’s too late.
Yono Auction Mart Company limited executed the demolition exercise of the quarters, which were formally sold to employees of the Tanzania Ports Authority and Tanzania Railway Limited.
The exercise, which started on Friday last week, lasted for three days; the company’s managing director Scholastica Kevela told a news conference yesterday in Dar es Salaam.
She said her company worked under pressure to meet the government deadline, adding that a group of not less that 250 employees worked tirelessly day and night to ensure that every thing was a success.
The quarters were pulled own following a court ruling in favour of the government in a case filed by the residents, despite being fully compensated. The government through the project gave 2.7bn/- as compensation to all the residents.