TCRA wants Nyerere Mausoleum at Terminal III to boost tourism

22Jun 2019
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TCRA wants Nyerere Mausoleum at Terminal III to boost tourism

THE new Terminal III of the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) is being billed to construct a mausoleum of the Father of the Nation if the regulatory authority’s proposal intending to boost tourism, is adopted.

Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) executive director James Kilaba.

Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) executive director James Kilaba issued this proposal yesterday after TCRA board members toured the just completed terminal set to be operational in August.

He said the mausoleum and other enhancing artifacts would serve as an important communication point for a portion of tourists arriving in the country.

"The place is named after the country's founding father. There are tourists who would be interested in obtaining such information, in which case it needs to start being offered right from here," he stated.

In setting up the facility, not only would the country remember the founding father but also help tourists to know more about the country's history or airport background.

The tour was aimed at enabling board members to see for themselves the stage of completion of the project, as well as brainstorm on enhanced facilitation of tourist communication at the new terminal.

Earlier, the board members toured the new University of Dar es Salaam Library to see how TCRA can help widen technological applications for communication as an electronic library.

TCRA board chairman Dr Jones Killimbe said that the completion of the project was a great achievement in the line up of various strategic projects that the government was implementing.

"This is the real meaning of infrastructure development. We believe that we are on the right track and that more will come in the near future," he declared.

Balton Komba, the site engineer for the project said already the contractor has handed it over to the government with final touches more or less finished and the facility is ready for scheduled launching.

The airport’s Terminal 1 was built to handle 500,000 passengers annually. Then Terminal 2 boosted the handling capacity to 1.5 million passengers and Terminal 3 ramps up the capacity to six million passengers a year, on the basis of remarks by the minister for Works, Transport and Communications Isack Kamwelwe during an inspection tour of the facility in April.

Terminal 1 was confined to handling national leaders and small aircraft, while Terminal 2 caters for significant numbers of local and foreign passengers on a daily basis. Over the past year JNIA handled around 2.6 million local passengers and 3.8 million foreign visitors.

With 6.4 million passengers in the year, it was clear something had to be done to cater for the ever-increasing number of passengers, he asserted.

Construction of Terminal III was initially slated for completion in December 2017, then extended for a year and then twice extended this year, to May 2019 and finally to August.

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