In a statement this week, TIB Development Bank Limited said it has signed technical assistance agreements with the two districts councils for provision of soft loans to enable them prepare bankable projects for the proposed modern bus terminal projects in their respective districts.
Under the agreements TIB provide 382.5m/- to Kahama Town Council while Mkuranga got 490.5m/- to hire services of competent consultants who will help them in undertaking feasibility studies, preparing technical design, bills of quantities and tender documents for the proposed modern bus terminals.
“Reports prepared by consultants shall be used by the local government authorities to raise funds from various financiers including banks, development partners and government agencies,” the bank said in its statement.
The two projects are among strategic projects which have been prioritised by the government with Mkuranga bus terminal as one of a number of infrastructural projects that are expected to help ease traffic congestion for Dar es Salaam city. The terminal will be constructed at Kipala Mpakani village which is at the border of Temeke and Mkuranga districts.
“Upon its completion, all buses plying between Dar es Salaam and southern regions of Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma shall start and end their journeys at the bus terminal,” the TIB statement added.
The bus terminal will be linked with various parts of Dar es Salaam via an extension of the bus rapid transit and commuter buses.
For Kahama which has experienced rapid population growth in recent years due to development of the mining industries with spill over effect on commercial and agriculture activities, its bus terminal remains outdated.
Local economic growth, coupled with the town’s location along the highway from Shinyanga and Singida to the great lakes countries and western regions of Tanzania, has led to increased interregional and intra-township traffic, the statement noted.