Simiyu residents excited by Isaka-Mwanza SGR project

06Apr 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Simiyu residents excited by Isaka-Mwanza SGR project

​​​​​​​RESIDENTS of Malampaka in Maswa District, Simiyu region have been extolling the benefits of the proposed 349km Phase V of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to be constructed from Mwanza to Isaka, including employment opportunities and economic growth.

Works and Transport Minister Dr Leonard Chamuriho.

Speaking before Works and Transport Minister Dr Leonard Chamuriho, one of the residents, Mzee Juma Saidi said they were prepared to participate in taking care of the equipment to be used in the construction work.

“We have already mobilised ourselves to work, as we have already seen the arrival of part of the equipment, we are ready to work hard to get income, but we shall also involve ourselves in the creation of history through the project,” he added.

For his part, Dr Chamuriho said the government is satisfied with the preparations by the contractor as they have already identified camp sites, quarries and other essential locations for the project.

“As you can see the contractor is at the construction site as major preparations have been finalised including equipment, what remains is for president Samia Suluhu to come and lay the foundation stone,” he added.

Chamuriho said the ministry will continue to closely supervise all sectorial projects to be completed in time and called on the people to use the opportunities to economically develop themselves.

He also praised the Misungwi District Commissioner Juma Sweda to mobilise the people to give room to areas where the railway will pass promising they would be adequately compensated after evaluation exercise was completed.

The Ministry’s Deputy Minister Mwita waitara called on the people and Mwanza and Simiyu regions residents who would be employed in the project not to involve themselves in theft of equipment and fuel from the project sites.

For his part, Misungwi District Commissioner Juma Sweda thanked the government for implementing the huge national project and promised the minister for its protection.

The 1,219-km Dar es Salaam–Mwanza SGR project has been divided into five phases : Dar-Morogoro, Morogoro-Makutupora, Makutupora-Tabora, Tabora-Isaka and Isaka-Mwanza.

The contractor for the last phase is China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC-CRCC) whose contract was signed in January this year.