Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication Elias Kwandikwa said recently after he had visited and inspected the ongoing construction of the Magomeni housing estates in Kinondoni district, Dar es Salaam Region.
Upon completion, the proposed construction of residential apartments will have a capacity of accommodating 656 households.
Kwandikwa said that currently, TBA has 350 workers while the demand is 1500 workers the situation that hinders its performance.
“We are planning to employ more workers to enable the agency to properly perform its functions”, he said.
He also tasked the TBA to ensure that construction of the estates is completed by December, this year.
TBA acting chief executive officer, Jasper Rugemalira said the agency was facing a number of challenges including costs for building materials.
He gave example of iron steels, which he said the price had increased from 1.65m/- to 2.31m/- while the price for cement had increased from 11,000/- per bag to 13,000/-.
Rugemalira added that upon completion, the facilities will be able to accommodate 656 ex –tenants and not 644 as it was proposed before.
It was previously reported that the Magomeni housing estate in Dar es Salaam had delayed owing to high costs of construction materials.
The 20bn/- project which was meant to be completed last September was projected to end in March last year- a six months delay.
TBA project coordinator, Anthony Ndendya blamed the delay on scarcity of construction equipment and the exorbitant costs of leasing them.
Construction of the 644 units in the high density area was launched by President John Magufuli in April 2016 following a decision by the government to take over its implementation from the Kinondoni municipality.
Speaking during the ceremony to lay a foundation stone President Magufuli insisted that the estates will accommodate more than 640 residents of the area whose land has been taken for the project.
Magufuli reiterated that people who have shifted to allow for the land to be used for the project will stay in the houses for five years without paying rent.
He noted that the project was a result of the government cost cutting initiatives.