Govt urges timely construction of New Bagamoyo Road section

01Mar 2019
Crispin Gerald
The Guardian
Govt urges timely construction of New Bagamoyo Road section

TANZANIA and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday signed an agreement for the project for the widening of phase-two of New Bagamoyo Road (Mwenge – Morocco Section) of about 4.3km.  The road section will be built by the Japanese construction firm—Nippo-Dai joint venture-

Minister for Work, Transport and Communications, Eng. Isack Kamwelwe

construction company.

Speaking soon during the signing ceremony, Minister for Work, Transport and Communications, Eng. Isack Kamwelwe urged the construction company to consider time, standards and costs of the project in the implementation of the project as prescribed in the contract of work in order to foster its completion.

 “I congratulate the company for winning  the tender of the project, but I ask the contractor and inspector of the project to consider standards, quality and costs of the project and to implement the project on time,” he said.


“It is our optimism that the work will be going well under the close supervision of Tanroad,  minister added.


Kamwelwe added that  the project is part of the government initiatives to address road congestion that had and still cost a lot of time for people to move from one place to another thus retarding socio-economic development.


He said a 4.3 km long project is expected to reduce congestion as it will have four lanes that will provide smooth movement of people to the city centre.


According to the minister, Japan government though JICA has been supporting the government initiatives to improve road infrastructures especially in Dar es Salaam City for a long time. 


The JICA has also supported Tanzania in the construction of Salenda bridge, expansion of Morogoro road from fire to Ubungo area to four ways, expansion of Al Hassan Mwinyi road to four ways, construction of Tazara exchange fly over, expansion of Mwenge to Tegeta road and construction of Gerezani bridge all under the Dar Road improvement and maintenance project from phase one to four.


Funded by the government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with grant worth 73.9bn/-  the project is scheduled to be carried out within 24 months upon completion.


For his part, executive Senior Vice President of JICA Kazuhiko Koshikawa said the New-Bagamoyo road along with the new BRT line in the future, is a vital trunk road connecting Dar es Salaam and the  northern part of Tanzania.


The traffic volume has doubled over the last 10 years, hence the expansion of the road is necessary for facilitating logistics and securing the people’s mobility. JICA is delighted to take part in solving a key issue for the development of Tanzania.


The project is not only going to repave the road, but it will provide a very safe road for Tanzanians. The roads will not become flooded even  during heavy rains that will be safer for pedestrians.


He explained that, the initiative will build infrastructures resilient to natural disasters and provide a sense of security to users.  I am sure the new road to be built will be of high-quality infrastructure that Japan is promoting worldwide.