Katanga wants Kwala dry port to start functioning

20May 2022
James Kandoya
Dar e Salaam
The Guardian
Katanga wants Kwala dry port to start functioning

​​​​​​​HEAD of public institutions have been directed to finalise installation of necessary infrastructure at Kwala Dry Port in Coast Region for the facility to start operating.

Chief Secretary, Ambassador Hussein Katanga.

Chief Secretary, Ambassador Hussein Katanga made the directives yesterday after inspecting the dry port and workshop in Coast region.

Kwala dry port is one of the strategic areas to ferry cargo to upcountry and the bordering countries of Uganda and Rwanda.

Ambassador Katanga said the aim of his tour was to connect all institutions responsible to develop Kwala dry port to set a joint modern plan that will enhance business opportunities for the public, private and the community in general.

“I want to see business take place in the area. I’m going to inform the president that the workers are ready to ensure all operations take place and will continue,” he said, tasking the Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) staff to protect the infrastructures.

Katanga further urged TRC’s staff to work diligently and professionally to bring about utilities.

During the tour, Ambassador Katanga was accompanied by permanent secretaries from ministry of Works and Transport, ministry of Land, Housing and Human Settlements, President Office’s Administration and Local Government Authority (PO-RALG) and the ministry of Industries and Commercial.

Other leaders were TRC director general, Tanzania Port Authority, (TPA) Dar e Salaam Water and Sewage Authority (DAWASA), Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) and officials from the Coast region.

TRC director general, Masanja Kadogosa said that construction of rail infrastructure for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) was over.

Coast Region Commissioner Abubakar Kunenge said that all plots at Dry Kwala dry port are strategically placed to enable investors to operate their business easily.

He said the region has surveyed land categorized into three, residential, industries and business areas.

The target of the Kwala dry port was to reduce congestion of cargo at the port of Dar es Salaam and promote economy through transporting goods to other regions and neighbouring countries.

When it is over, Kwala dry port will have rail, water, road, electricity and community infrastructure that will simplify operations at the port and the project area in general.

The impending functioning of this dry port, located in Coast region, would usher in a new era of carrying cargo by train from the Dar es Salaam Port, thus, relieving roads from serving heavy cargo trucks from the country's mega port.

According to officials, the dry port master plan will help to ease transit cargo handling at the port of Dar es Salaam.

The dry port would also help to decongest Dar es Salaam City since the shipment of containerized cargo by customers will start in the Coast Region.

Currently, long vehicles swam Dar es Salaam every day to load containers before shipping them to the neighbouring countries, jamming city roads.

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