State assures to supply power to 1,900 villages

10Apr 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
State assures to supply power to 1,900 villages

THE government has assured that all the 1,900 remaining villages will be connected to power during the implementation of the forthcoming Rural Energy Agency (REA-III) Phase II project which has already commenced.

Deputy minister for Energy Stephen Byabato told the House yesterday the government is well prepared to supply power in all areas and households so as to stimulate individual income and the country’s development.

He was responding to a question by Kunti Yusuph (Special Seats, Chadema) who wanted to know when the government would send power to the wards of Handa, Lalta, Sanzawa and Mpendo in Chemba District, Dodoma Region.

The deputy minister said that all villages in the named wards of Chemba District will be connected to power by December 2022 under the ongoing REA project

“A total of 27.3bn/- will be spent to implement the power connection project in Chemba District. In this, a power line of 33KV covering 681.4 kilometers as well as 0.4KV covering 50 kilometers will be constructed whereby 1,100 customers will be among initial beneficiaries,” he explained.

According to him, the state owned power utility has so far connected the majority of residents in rural and urban areas it is now working to ensure that it reaches all the remaining areas within the next few years.

He said as the nation is building an industrial economy, one of the government’s strategies is to ensure that electricity projects reach every corner of the country.

The deputy minister urged the people in the villages and suburbs in the region that are yet to be reached by electricity projects to stay calm as the firm’s goal is to ensure that every household is supplied with electricity so as to promote economic activities.

“Under REA project, the government has also been connecting households with power at a very low cost with some households getting the service for free, the major objective to support the government’s efforts which aims to reach all people with power services and thus stimulate economic development,” he said.

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