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Stakeholders brace for DART phase two infrastructure development

Stakeholders brace for DART phase two infrastructure development

As compensation payments for people with affected property in phase two along Kilwa Road in Mbagala nears end, DART key stakeholders have proposed mitigation measures to be taken in a bid to tackle challenges that might disrupt construction activities when implementing DART phase two on Kilwa Road.

Activities that are to be done in order to address challenges during construction include relocation of commuter bus stand and removing of petty traders at Gerezani Kariakoo and Mbagala Rangitatu, respectively.

Surface and Marine Transport Regularity Authority (SUMATRA) will have to collaborate with Municipal Council leaders to find a convenient new location for commuter bus stand for the daladalas that have been using BRT feeder station at Gerezani Kariakoo while Municipal Council leaders of Temeke have to relocate petty traders at Mbagala Rangitatu.

Another challenge that might affect construction activities along Kilwa Road is disruption of daily traffic mobility where SUMATRA and DART Agency have to work out ways to maintain smooth mobility of traffic by devising alternative roads for daladala and other traffic during construction.

DART phase two which starts at Gerezani and City Council BRT station involves Kilwa Road, Chang’ombe Road, Kawawa Road, Gerezani Street, Bandari Road, and Sokoine Drive all with a length of 20.3 km.

The infrastructure development of phase two includes two bus terminals at Mbagala Rangitatu and Kariakoo Gerezani, one bus depot at Mbagala Rangitatu, and 29 bus stations. Others include five feeder stations at Mbagala Rangitatu, Misheni, Zakhiem, Mtoni Kwa Azizi Alli, Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) in Chang’ombe, and two fly-overs at VETA and Uhasibu; and Non-Motorized Transport facilities.

Alongside infrastructure development, feeders stations for phase two have also been identifies as Charambe and Kongowe, all being connected to Mbagala Rangitatu, Mtoni kwa Azizi Alli that connects North and South Tandika, Mtoni, Temeke and Buza while Kijichi Misheni connects Misheni, Kijichi and Mbagala Kuu. Another feeder route is the DUCE-Chang’ombe which connects Temeke, Kigamboni and Tandika area.

The implementation of DART phase two costs U$159.32 million 88.9 percent of the amount will be financed by Africa Development Bank and 11.1 percent will be covered by the Government of Tanzania.

Discussion to prepare for mitigation measures during infrastructure development of Phase two included officials from DART Agency, TANROADS, SUMATRA, Police, Municipal Councils and Dar es Salaam City Council.