77.8bn/-set aside for construction of Dodoma regional bus terminal

17Jul 2018
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
77.8bn/-set aside for construction of Dodoma regional bus terminal

AT LEAST 77.8bn/- has been set aside for the construction of Dodoma regional bus terminal, the Dodoma City Council Executive Director, Godwin Kunambi has revealed.

He said the envisaged facility will be the biggest in East and Central Africa with the capacity to accommodate 250 buses, 600 parking slots for saloon cars and 300 motorcycles.

The terminal whose construction is to start any time soon and completed in October, 2019 will be built on some 87 hectares of land at Nzughuni area in the city.

“We thank President John Magufuli for giving the city authority 77.8bn/- for the construction of the biggest bust station in the entire region,” he said.

He made the remarks during the occasion to launch e-ticketing service by the ABC Upper Class, a local bus company that plies the Dodoma-Dar es Salaam and Dar es Salaam-Singida routes.

Kunambi praised the management of the company for taking a step ahead by introducing such improved technology in the city, saying others should follow suit.

Also speaking during the event, the Dodoma Regional Commissioner (RC), Benilith Mahenge called on investors in the region to adopt use of technology in the quest to help develop the youngest city in the nation.

He said the political capital is destined to be a city of example with good infrastructure where all services are available, thus the need to make good use of latest technology.

Through the system, passenger using the bus can now access bus tickets electronically, saving time and avoid other inconveniencies.  The RC praised the management of the company for the move which he termed as a clear means of supporting the government efforts to improve Dodoma.

“I am glad to say that adoption of technology by service providers like ABC Bus Company is in support of the government relocation to Dodoma and efforts to make it a first class city,” said the RC.

He added that the development is an effort to make Dodoma economically and technologically friendly for those who visit the region and attract investors.

Speaking at the event ABC Upper Class’s executive director, Severine Ngallo noted that the company aims to provide high quality services to passengers, especially on their safety, among others in accordance with the law.

He said prior to introducing the new technology, the company undertook study that revealed several challenges to passengers, thus the need to improve services.

Ngallo told the audience that the new system is important to passengers, his company and the government. 

“The system will help passengers from the trouble of travelling to our offices and also help the government get the records that help in revenue collection,” he said.

ABC Upper Class is one among the oldest bus companies in Tanzania, it has operated in the industry for more than 15 years. Before the introduction of Chinese buses, Yutong in the country the company  was using Scania bus model with the ordinary class.

Currently ABC Upper Class uses Chinese bus model like Yutong and Higer with semi luxury class. Their buses are full equipped with on board entertainment and soft drinks, all their buses have AC services all the way long.

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