19.6bn/- to compensate ‘casualties’ of metro-project

11Mar 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
19.6bn/- to compensate ‘casualties’ of metro-project

TEMEKE Municipality has allocated 19.6bn/- for compensation of residents whose houses will be demolished to pave way for the implementation of the Dar es Salam Metropolitan Project (DMDP).

CRDB Bank managing director and CEO, Dr Charles Kimei

The municipality has already earmarked the stated amount from the CRDB Bank for the purpose.

One of the conditions given to the government as requirement for accessing 600bn/- from the World Bank towards the implementation of the project was to ensure that all people who would be affected by the project are compensated.

CRDB Bank managing director and CEO, Dr Charles Kimei, said his bank was pleased to contribute towards the development of Temeke municipality through the loan, which will see people whose houses will be demolished compensated.

“This loan, which will be paid back in a period of six years, is aimed at facilitating the implementation of DMDP which will improve key services to address flooding, urban mobility and basic infrastructure in low-income communities,” Dr Kimei said.

He said DMDP would also improve the capacity of local governments to plan and provide services better while focusing on the growing need to adopt a metropolitan approach to addressing the region's challenges.

Among others, Dr Kimei said, the project would construct 81.63 kilometres of road, build modern markets and bus terminals, survey more than 2,000 plots at Kijichi as well as fix all basic services.

The project would also construct a 22.4-kilometre rainwater drainage system and a modern dumpsite at Kisarawe in the Coast Region as well as bridges for connecting various wards.

“It is my hope that this loan will be a catalyst for development in the district,” he said, calling upon other municipalities and councils across the country to use the opportunity of accessing loans to implement various development projects at their respective areas.

Temeke District Commissioner Sophia Mjema commended Temeke municipality for being the first in Dar es Salaam to get the funds meant to compensate the residents.

She called upon the Temeke district council leadership to continue setting up strategies for increasing revenue collections so that it can repay the loan easily.

DC Mjema warned that the loan should be used for the purpose identified by the government and directed the authorities to come up with a system that would facilitate proper management of the funds and release quarterly reports to all respective authorities.

In March, last year, the World Bank's board of executive directors approved USD 300 million in credit from the highly-concessional International Development Association (IDA) for the new Dar es Salaam Metropolitan Development Project (DMPD) that will directly improve services to 1.9 million residents and indirectly to the remaining 4.6 million city residents.

Dar es Salaam’s population growth was estimated at 5.6 per cent between 2002 and 2015, which put it among the fastest growing cities in the world.