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Samia :Pledges relief on Nyerere Bridge charges

Samia :Pledges relief on Nyerere Bridge charges

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has pledged to work on public outcry over high charges on vehicles crossing Nyerere Bridge.

The state-of-the-art Bridge which links Dar es Salaam city with Kigamboni was operational effective from May 2016.

Since then, residents have been complaining over high fees, which are claimed to increase the cost of living for Kigamboni dwellers.

Kigamboni lawmaker Dr Faustine Ndugulile raised the issue before President Samia, saying the high fees has long been a concern for Kigamboni residents.

It came after the president had made a stop to greet the residents of Kigamboni while on her way to launch newly-established Elsewedy Electric East Africa Ltd.

Dr Ndugulile noted, for instance, that the commuter bus pays 5000/- to cross the bridge, meaning that if the commuter crosses 20 times a day it pays a total fee of 100,000/-.

“Daladala drivers are complaining that if one pays 100,000/- how would he survive while at the end of the day he needs also to have earned money for a vehicle owner and some money to carry home,” he explained.  

Responding, President Samia pledged: “We are going to work on the matter…I am going to call a meeting with the relevant authorities for the issue to be solved.”

The President also received complaints over underdeveloped road infrastructure in Kigamboni District, imploring the Kigamboni legislator to make use of his position to also push for the matter in Parliament.

Ms Samia said it was no surprise that most of the roads in Kigamboni were not tarmacked because most of the street roads in Dar es Salaam City have not been constructed to tarmac level.

She, however, noted that since Kigamboni is being opened up as an area for investment, it will be given priority.

Dr Ndugulile had informed the President that 50 per cent of the unpaved roads in Dar es Salaam were located in Kigamboni District.

“Kigamboni is considered among the most planned areas in the city whereby 70 per cent of the land has been surveyed but out of the 1000km roads which are being coordinated by the Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA) only 5km equivalent to 0.5 per cent have been paved,” noted the MP. 

President Samia, on the other hand, hinted on the plan of constructing a new ferry with a bigger capacity, pointing out that the existing ferries are already outdated. 

The President also revealed that the government has allocated 20bn/- to implement water projects in Kigamboni, revealing that the plan is to also lay down pipes in the ocean to supply water from newly-built Kimbiji project to other parts of Dar es Salaam region.

Meanwhile, President Samia on Monday sworn-in Prof Adelardus Kilangi as the new Ambassador of Tanzania in Brazil, directing him to exploit the investment opportunities which are available in the country, specifically the agriculture, tourism and sports sectors for Tanzania to make a step further in its development.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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