- Published on Friday, 19 April 2013 03:01
- Written by ABDULWAKIL SAIBOKO
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TANZANIA Airports Authority (TAA) yesterday signed a contract worth 275bn/- for the construction of Julius Nyerere International (JNIA) Terminal III in Dar es Salaam.
The contract signed between TAA and BAM International of Netherlands will cover the first phase of the terminal construction with the capacity to handle 3.5 million passengers annually.
Speaking during the signing ceremony officiated by the Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, TAA Director General, Mr Suleiman Suleiman said the second phase will add 2.5 million passengers handled by the terminal bringing the total to 6 million.
"The current terminal II has the capacity of handling 1.2 million passengers and upon completion of terminal III the former will be dedicated to serving domestic passengers only," he said. He added that the construction is of vital importance as terminal II is currently overwhelmed with 2 million passengers using it annually while it has the capacity to handle 1.2 million passengers.
He also said that TAA will renovate and modernise terminal II to adequately serve domestic passengers. Dr Mwakyembe urged TAA to be keen in ensuring quality and that the project is implemented in the agreed timeframe.
Officials, whoever, declined to say exactly when the project will take off as the consultant is yet to be found. "TAA should make sure that a competitive consultant is found so that we get quality and value for money from this project," he said.
He praised the BAM International saying the company has experience in working with TAA as they were involved in the upgrading of JNIA terminal II. He said the long awaited construction of terminal III will improve aviation transport in the country and boost the economy as well.
"The project will increase government revenue as more airplanes will be attracted to use JNIA," he said. He thanked the government of the Netherlands for her continued support in various projects starting with that of JNIA renovation between 2005 and 2008 and the forthcoming construction of Terminal III.
Representative of the Netherlands' Ambassador to Tanzania, Ms Rennet Waals assured the government of continued support and strengthening of bilateral ties. She said the visit by President Jakaya Kikwete to the Netherlands this week was yet another sign that the two countries' relations are set to grow even further.
"The Netherlands is among the top ten foreign investors in this country and we have put much interest in horticulture and many tourists from the Netherlands have been visiting Tanzania," she said. She added that infrastructure development will be a key focus in the two countries' relations and that the Netherlands will increase support in the sector.
BAM International Director General, Mr Martin Bellamy thanked TAA for the trust it has extended to them and promised to deliver and construct the best terminal that meets international standards. He spoke of the company's extensive and worldwide experience as well as long time record working in Tanzania. "We will deliver a truly world class international airport," he said.