Speaking yesterday in Dar es Salaam, the City’s planning officer Grace Mbena said that the evacuation exercise would commence anytime as the plan was on the final stages.
She was speaking at a conference which brought together stakeholders for public and private entities working on matters related to infrastructures, transportation environment and police.
According to him, after completing the exercise, at least 142 hectares will be allocated for construction of car parking , sport grounds as well as tree and flowers gardens fors making the city more attractive.
“All procedures have been finalised but we are now waiting for the funds from Ministry of Finance to accomplish the plan, in the exercise, Dar es Salaam Rapid Bus Transit depot at Jangwani will be relocated,” he said.
She however said that the residents which their structures will be demolished will not be compensated as they built in hazardous areas illegally.
Mbena described the Msimbazi river valley as an area unfit for human settlements especially during rainy seasons, saying it poses serious threats to both human life and environmental well-being.
For his part, executive director of the B&F Consulting Company Bruno Kinyaga, the organisers of the conference, said that the stakeholders met to discuss and share views towards making the city more attractive by having strong infrastructures thus facilitate investments.
An official from the Ministry of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Eng Rashid Mtamila said that they have been carrying out a number of projects to improve and strengthen infrastructures so as to make cities free from floods and other hazards.