Deputy Minister in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Suleiman Jafo told the National Assembly in Dodoma that the real cost of the new bus terminal would be known after completion of a detailed design to be carried out by a contracted technical advisor.
Jafo informed the MPs that the construction project would be implemented through a joint venture between Dar es Salaam city Council and the LAPF pension fund.
“We are now finalizing the process of getting a technical advisor who will complete the detailed design for the actual cost of the project. Tenders for construction of the project will be announced as soon as the project’s detail design is ready,” said Jafo.
The Deputy Minister said that currently the Dar es Salaam City Council and LAPF pension fund had entered into partnership with a private company—Mzizima Properties Limited, which was responsible for every day supervision of the Ubungo up-country bus terminal operations.
He said that construction of the new terminal would involve demolition of some structures on both sides of the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro road to be able to construct a huge modern terminal that would accommodate more passenger buses.
Jafo said the parliamentary committee responsible for Regional Administration and Local Government had advised the government to make sure that it secured a huge piece of land for implementation of the project.
He was responding to an additional question by Kibamba Member of Parliament (CHADEMA) John Mnyika who wanted to know when the government would start to implement the project.
Mnyika said the project was initially scheduled to start in 2012 and that in 2014 former President Jakaya Kikwete promised to construct the terminal before the end of his presidential tenure.
Mnyika also asked the government to revoke the 28-day notice it gave last week to residents of Kibamba Constituency residing along the Morogoro road. He said that the notice which was issued by the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) required residents living some 121 meters from the road on both sides to vacate the area.
In his basic question, Ubungo legislator Saed Kubenea (CHADEMA) wanted to know the project’s construction cost and whether the government had real intentions to implement it.
Previously, the Dar es Salaam City Council had planned to construct the new terminal at Mbezi Louis with funds from the Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB) which had agreed to fund the project through a loan.
TIB Development Bank was to lend the City Council 30bn/- for constructing the infrastructure for the new bus terminal.