Energy Minister Dr Medard Kalemani made the remarks when switching power for Makutupa Village in Kongwa District in Dodoma Region.
Dr Kalemani mentioned the projects to be implemented as including rural power distribution whose Phase III was ongoing of which the first round is expected to be completed within three months.
He said other projects include power distribution to hamlets, and to peri-urban areas being undertaken by TANESCO.
He said in the event all these projects are completed in time, they will enable various villages to get electricity that would mobilise their residents engage in economic activities.
“The government has provided 60bn/- to distribute power to villages in Dodoma region, and 48.3bn/- for distributing power to hamlets and 23bn/- to peri-urban areas,’ said Dr Kalemani.
He further said 467 out of 581 villages in Dodoma Region have already received power, which is more than 81 per cent and the work was continuing.
The Minister also visited Mbande area whose residents have been complaining that there were many power poles erected in the area but with no power connected to them.
He promised the residents that the contractor – Derm Electric will soon start connecting them to power, beginning May 7 this year.
He also said power customers were not supposed to purchase power poles, stressing that they are only supposed to pay 27,000/- connecting fees.
He said 1,974 out of 12,268 villages are yet to be connected to power countrywide, and contractors for the work in the remaining villages have already been found and were expected to start work the coming week.
Kongwa District Commissioner Dr Suleiman Serera thanked the minister for the good work in rural power distribution that continues to develop the country’s economy.