Dodoma to hold forum  about city master plan

05Oct 2018
Correspondent
DODOMA
The Guardian
Dodoma to hold forum  about city master plan

PLANS are afoot for Dodoma Regional Commissioner (RC), Dr Binilith Mahenge, to organise a special high-level forum for gathering useful inputs to support development of master plan for the capital city of Dodoma.

Dodoma Regional Commissioner (RC), Dr Binilith Mahenge.

Dr Mahenge told The Guardian during an interview that the envisaged forum is expected to attract stakeholders from different public and private sectors.

"The event has specifically been tailored for collecting observations, experience and other key inputs from the said stakeholders and other professionals on how best master plan for the capital city will be designed and implemented in reflecting actual demands," he pointed out.

He added, before drafting the crucial document, it was of prudent to discuss and agree on what kind and extent of infrastructure facilities must be included in the master plan.

"For instance, we need to know how many airports we need to have, how many football grounds, how many bus terminals, schools as well as health facilities,” he observed.

He said development of master plan for the capital city of Dodoma was a very sensitive process which calls for vigilance and high expertise in order to sail in line with expanded socio-economic demands in the capital city.

"We are aiming at drafting and implementing a modern master plan which will provide for the need of all sectors in order to allow smooth economic developments in the city, especially the industrial growth," he added.

Since when the fifth phase government started to gradually relocate its headquarters form Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, lately 2016, many local and foreign investors have remained at crossroads to fully extending their investments footholds in Dodoma due to absence of permanent master plan for the capital city.

Earlier, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa formed a special team to cooperate with the then Capital Development Authority (CDA) to design improved master plan for Dodoma city, but few months thereafter, the exercise was halted after President John Magufuli decided to disband CDA  and directed that all properties and activities by the authority be moved to Dodoma City Council (Formerly Dodoma Municipal Council).

The head of state also directed that all title deeds with limitations of 33 years ownership which were being issued by CDA be changed to at least 99 years ownership as applied in other parts of the country.

According to minister Majaliwa, the team was expected to travel to China and Singapore for a special study tour to borrow a leaf on how to develop the best and modern master plan.

The former master plan by CDA, set aside chunk land at Njedengwa and Iyumbu areas on the outskirt of the city for diverse investments purposes. The plan showed that investors who wished to open institutions at Njedengwa investment area were supposed to part with at least 2, 331/-  for a square metre.

Other square meter charges in Njedengwa with their investments’ types in brackets were, 6, 063/- per square metre (maisonites), 13, 070/- per square metre (apartments), 18, 876/- per square (commercial apartments).

In additional, at Iyumbu areas, prices were set for 5000/- per   square metre (maisonites), 7,500/- (apartments) and 10, 000/- per square metre to invest for commercial apartments.

The newly investment prices released early this year by Dodoma city council indicated that investors who wish to open small-scale industries in the capital city must pay between 50m/- and 100m/- to obtain investment plot .

Upon dissolve of CDA, last year, at least 10,000 different investors had already filled applications for investment plots within different areas in the region.

Among the investors were those base on cement manufacturing, really estate developer, hotels, brewer companies, sugar factory, energy and power, health facilities to mention but a few.

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