Minister tasks TANROADS to remove wastes from culverts

TABORA: WORKS Deputy Minister, Eng Godfrey Kasekenya has directed the managers of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) to remove wastes from culverts to avoid possible road damages during the forthcoming short rainfall season (vuli) which is expected to begin from end of this month.

Speaking shortly after inspecting the progress of the Tabora-Mambali-Bukene road project which is implemented at tarmac level, Eng Kasekenya emphasized on the importance of road contractors observing weather reports issued by the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA).

The Deputy Minister is making a tour to inspect infrastructure development projects in Tabora, Kigoma, Rukwa and Katavi.

“TMA reports indicate that vuli rains are expected to fall at an above normal level, thus there is need to act immediately to avoid floods and transportation breakdown due to destruction of roads and bridges,” said Eng Kasekenya.

He called upon all TANROAD Regional Managers to embark on preparedness measures for possible challenges as a result of rains such as disrupting transport communication systems of the country.

Recent TMA reports projected that between October and December, many areas in Kagera, Geita, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Simiyu, Kigoma, Dar es Salaam, Coast Region, Morogoro and Tanga regions are expected to receive average and above average rains.

Whereas regions like Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro are anticipated to receive an average and above average rain, therefore caution and preparedness should be made in case of any impacts on infrastructures to prevent transport inconveniences.

The Deputy Minister further warned some unscrupulous individuals against vandalising road infrastructure by stealing signs and lights installed on the Tabora roads, directing TANROADS to closely collaborate with local government authorities to tackle the uncalled-for practice.

According to him, the ruthless practice by some people leads to road accidents as well as hampers government’s efforts to bring development to the people by having quality road infrastructure.

In another development, Eng Kasekenya issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA) Chief Executive Officer to make a follow up on the rehabilitation of the agency’s main garage in Tabora Region because it is a crucial facility in the country.

“We want TEMESA to possess modern garages that offer quality services to realise government’s aspiration,” he stressed.

Acting Tabora TANROAD Manager, Eng Christephola Nichombe observed that the region was continuing with its campaign to ensure all its roads are easily accessible at all times throughout the year, noting that all chaotic spots are being dealt with.

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