Transport Ministry kick-starts BRT Phase II with floated tender for co

04May 2018
Francis Kajubi
The Guardian
Transport Ministry kick-starts BRT Phase II with floated tender for co

CONTRACTORS seeking to take part in the construction of a 20.3 kilometres Kariakoo to Mbagala Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit project have up to July 2, 2018 to submit their bids.

BRT buses plying the streets of Dar es Salaam after completion of Phase I of the project. File photo.

In a widely circulated tender advert this week, Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication said the BRT’s phase II project will involve road works covering 20.3 kilometers, including two flyovers and 29 bus stations along Kilwa road.

The tender advert further noted that the government has received loans from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Growing Together Fund (AGTF) to finance the project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds to eligible payments.

“Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) on behalf of Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for execution of the works. The works consists of upgrading of the existing road from four to six lanes dual carriageway,” the advert said.

According to AfDB statement on the project, the BRT Phase II will also involve construction of exclusive lanes on non-motorised transport facilities along Kilwa road corridor and part of Kawawa road.

The project corridor traverses from Mbagala area of Temeke district to the Dar es Salaam’s central business district where it will connect with Phase I of the BRT system.

“The project is expected to benefit an estimated population of at least 1.2 million representing some 25 percent of the Dar es Salaam city’s population. Other beneficiaries include users of major city connecting arterial roads including Mandela and Nyerere roads,” the AfDB statement stated.

The bank further pointed out that key outcomes include improved accessibility tothe larger populations of the commercial capital particularly residets of Temeke Municipality because of reduced ravel time to public transport commuters, improved air quality and business opportunities for residents living close to the main road.

“The proposed project would therefore impact positively on the informal and formal businesses by providing them with improved accessibility and enhanced roadside air quality,” the statement added.

The total cost of the project net of taxes is U$ 159.32m (about 285.1bn/-) which is jointly financed by AfDB Group with 61.1 percent), Africa Growing Together Fund with 27.8 percent and the government’s 11.1percent and is due to end in four years.