Modern market, bus terminal to boost capital city status

23Nov 2019
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Modern market, bus terminal to boost capital city status

A VAST modern market being built alongside an equally imposing bus terminal shall boost the status of Dodoma as the capital city come February next tear.

The project which was commissioned by President John Magufuli yesterday is set to cost 38.7bn/- and is among several development projects financed by loans from the World Bank.

Speaking during the event, Dr Magufuli commended the Dodoma authorities for supervising the projects, urging the contractor to speed up the work and make sure that the structures are completed within the scheduled timeframe.

He proposed the new market to be named after the National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai to honor his contribution to the city and the legislature.

“This market will not only serve Dodoma residents but also traders in Mwanza, Iringa, Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and other regions as it will be built to international standards…It also has a section for petty traders,” he said.

Among others the bus terminal project involves construction of a recreation park at Chinangali area, which will provide the residents with space for leisure, entertainment and recreational pursuits.

It will also build a large dumping site at Chidaya area, a lorry park at Nara area and six solid waste collection points.

The president said that the government also plans to construct a 110km ring-road billed at 415bn/-, starting from Nara passing through Veyula-Mtumba to Ihumwa.

“We also working to construct a major dam to address water scarcity in Dodoma city…this will be a dam of its kind as it will carry a lot of water to serve the city and neighboring areas,” he specified.

He similarly urged Tanzanians to work hard to improve incomes. “In the matter of improving personal economy, everyone has to engage in income generating activities,” he stated.

He urged farmers to utilize ongoing rains to plant early for better harvests.

On his part, the Minister of State, President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) Selemani Jafo said that so far a number of development projects have been implemented in the capital city, boosting its status and improving people’s incomes.

A World Bank official said that the two projects are part of several projects implemented by WB in collaboration with the government in various cities across the country.

“The World Bank and PO-RALG are now implementing a number of projects under the Tanzania Strategic Cities Programme with total financing reaching $898 million (2.1 trillion/-).

He said that the programme covers eight rapidly urbanizing centres of Dodoma, Tanga, Arusha, Mwanza, Kigoma, Illemela, Mbeya and Mtwara, to enable them keep up with rapid urbanization.

“The programme is meant to scale up infrastructure and promote growth, with efforts to improve security, fight unemployment, improve transport, fight hazards and work on capacity building in local institutions among other areas,” he added.