The upcountry station of the buses plying to the southern regions of Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma is currently located at Mbagala, Temeke District in Dar es Salaam Region. The PM wants it be shifted to Mkurganga District in Coast Region.
He urged the leaders of the two districts to meet immediately and see how they were going to implement the order.
The PM made the remarks yesterday in Dar es Salaam when he met with the officials to discuss on the resolutions to reduce overcrowding at the bus station.
According to him, there was no way to solve the congestion than shifting the bus stand to Mkuranga.
“Mbagala area is currently highly congested whereby the government has to play its role to tackle the challenge and there is no way to achieve that unless southern regions upcountry bus destination will be relocated to Mkuranga,” he said.
He said that the bus station that will be constructed in Mkuranga should be able to cater for all buses that come from the southern regions and Mbagala should remain a normal commuter bus station.
The Prime Minister also said the completion of the construction of the bus station will enable increase of revenue of Mkuranga District Council.
Moreover, the Premier wanted the leaders of the two districts to go and discuss the implementation of the order in council of Councillors meetings and come up with a strategy and then submit it to him by February 15, this year.
For his part, Mkuranga district commissioner Filberto Sanga welcomed the idea and assured to offer full support towards the implementation of the station projects saying that the district has a plenty area for the project.
He urged the government to send the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project to Mkuranga also to ease transport.
He said the district currently has 67 factories whereby some of them are fully operating and others are in various stages of construction.
Temeke District Commissioner Felix Lyaniva said that he was impressed with the idea of transferring the station to Mkuranga, saying that the situation was making him sleepless due to congestions challenge facing the area.