Improving Mbeya’s ailing infrastructure to begin soon

17Oct 2019
The Guardian
Improving Mbeya’s ailing infrastructure to begin soon

THE work of building roads in all of Mbeya region’s councils is expected to start any time from now after the government, through Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA) signed 43 contract agreements with various contractors who will undertake the work.

RC Albert Chalamila

The contract agreements valued at 7b/- were signed on Tuesday in Mbeya City before   Regional Commissioner Albert Chalamila who called on them to be faithful.Speaking at the signing ceremony Chalamila warned the contractors against shoddy work.He said the construction of bridges for example needs to be done professionally to avoid disasters such as the one in Mbeya recently after the bridge on Samba River was swept away by water causing death to five people.He said Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has given its weather forecast showing this year will have heavy rains hence work on road construction and the bridges have to be of high standards.TARURA manager for Mbeya region Eng Gerald Matindi cautioned Tarura managers in the councils to supervise the contractors in their areas so that the work is completed at the agreed timeframe.He said the money allocated by the government is huge and must cater for the intended works to avoid litigation in courts and reminded that the fifth-phase government will not tolerate delays.On their part, the contractors promised to do professional work so that the wananchi and the government will appreciate what they do.The road projects, upon completion are expected to reduce transportation challenges in Mbeya region due to many areas therein facing socio-economic challenges due to poor roads.