Under the Zanzibar Urban-West Roads Project, the government of the Island nation plans to construct the first-ever flyovers. This was recently revealed by President Hussein Ali Mwinyi.
Mwinyi made the revelation following the signing of the agreement for the implementation of the project. The agreement was signed between the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and the Zanzibar Ministry of Infrastructure, Communication, and Transport.
Ms. Khadija Khamis Rajab and Mr. Zhang Junle inked the agreement. The latter is the Managing Director of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation. Ms. Rajab on the other hand is the Principal Secretary (PS) of the Ministry in question.
Overview of the agreement
According to the agreement, CCECC will construct two flyovers at Amani and Mwanakwerekwe at a cost of US$ 116M. As part of the Zanzibar Urban-West Roads Project, the Chinese company will work on 100.94 kilometers of road. The works include the reconstruction and upgrade of the roads to tarmac.
Rainwater tunnels, street lights, and inclusive lanes will all be a part of the road works. The roads, which will mainly lead to rural areas, will reportedly be designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicycles, and people with disabilities.
The Zanzibar Urban-West Roads Project is expected to be completed within a period of 36 months from the start date.
Remarks on the Zanzibar Urban-West Roads Project
Speaking on this agreement, Dr. Mwinyi, said that if the country’s infrastructure is still poor, development goals cannot be achieved.
A necessity for achieving economic development is having better roads, modern sea, and airports. Reliable electricity supply, and information communication technology (ICT) are also a part of the list according to the President. He, therefore, issued instructions to all government officials to make sure they focus on the five infrastructure areas.