Tanzania is planning to set aside some funds amounting to US$ 197,000 in the next fiscal year for the construction of the Tarime-Nyamwaga-Mugumu (Serengeti) road to bitumen standard; this is according to the country’s National Assembly.
The Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Engineer Edwin Ngonyani confirmed the reports and said that the government is yet to construct the road to tarmac level with bitumen standard.
He further pointed out that the road which passes through North Mara Gold Mine in Nyamongo is of economic importance to farmers in Tarime and Serengeti districts to help them in transportation of their farm produce.
“The stretch is a significant link for tourists who travel from Kenya via Sirari to Serengeti National Park, currently, six kilometers in Tarime Township have been constructed to tarmac level and construction of two kilometres is ongoing and projected to be complete before the end of the current financial year,” Eng Ngonyani explained.
In the coming fiscal year, the Tanzanian government has also allocated approximately US$ 457,000 for the construction of Mara Bridge along the Tarime-Nyamwasa-Mugumu (Serengeti) road.
All this initiatives come after the country decided to commence on the contracting and improving of road infrastructure so as to make sure that they as a nation are in a better shape at all time and also so as to improve the economy of the country.
Eng Ngonyani initially noted that in the financial year 2014/2015, money from the road funds were not quite adequate because of the slim revenue collection from the various sources but as from June this year, all the outstanding funds will have been definitely released for the reasons of rehabilitating and constructing roads and also for purposes of general infrastructure development in the 2015/16 budget.