Bagamoyo Port construction commences in next fiscal year

By Guardian Reporter , The Guardian
Published at 10:00 AM Apr 17 2024
Transport Deputy Minister, David Kihenzile
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Transport Deputy Minister, David Kihenzile

THE government through the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has allocated 22bn/- for the construction of Bagamoyo Port in the 2024/25 fiscal year.

Moreover, TPA has completed compensation payments to citizens who were residing within the 887 hectares of the project area. 

Transport Deputy Minister, David Kihenzile made the remarks in the National Assembly yesterday that the government is committed to ensuring that the project is implemented. 

He was responding to Subira Mgalu, Special Seats MP who wanted to know the stage of the construction plans for the Bagamoyo port. 

He said that the project is currently in the completion stage of the update details of the feasibility report which was conducted in 2010. 

“The review and update of the feasibility study is expected to be completed within this financial year to start the process of procurement of the contractor who will commence the construction,” he said. 

Kihenzile specified that the project construction will be implemented in phases based on the expectation of the growth of cargo and increase of ships where the first phase will involve the construction of three docks with a length of 1,000 meters with depth of more than 15.5 metres.

He also added that port construction is strategic as it intends to stimulate industrial and commercial activities in the area and special economic zone in Bagamoyo District, Coast Region.

The multi-billion project was earlier proposed in 2013 but was later hit by several issues thus leading to its delay in commencement but in the sixth phase government has shown commitment to revive it.