TANROADS to clean Msimbazi river bed as EL Nino rains loom

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Tanzania Road Agency (TANROADS) Dar-es-Salaam Zone plans continue cleaning the entire Msimbazi river as part of preparedness for the expected El Nino rains.

The Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) recently issued the weather forecast report, indicating that most parts of the country are set to receive above normal to normal rains during the seasonal which is expected to be influenced by El-Nino condition.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, Acting Manager of TANROAD Dar es Salaam Region, Elisony Mweladzi said that they continue to clean the Msimbazi river to enable water flow during the coming heavy rains.

“The cleaning will not be done only from Jangwani Bridge to Selander Bridge, but in all bridges in the city so that when the rains start, there will be no disruption of activities,” he said.

The length of the cleaning area to clean from Jangwani Bridge to Selander bridge is 2.2km and almost 800 metres has already been cleaned.

The cleaning of the Msimbazi River has come immediately after Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed 10 regions that will be affected during the coming El Nino rains to ensure that all water infrastructures are repaired to avoid serious consequences that may occur during the rains.

On his part, the contractor who won the tender to clean the Msimbazi River from Jangwani to Selander Bridge,  Bharya Engineering & Contracting Co. (BECCO) Limited said that until yesterday they had cleaned about 800 metres from the Jangwani Bridge to the Selander Bridge.

“As company which was given this responsibility, we are ready to finish cleaning the remaining part up to the Selander Bridge, in compliance with the instructions of the Prime Minister, where he has said that all water infrastructures and flood-prone areas should be repaired to avoid the effects that will be caused by the coming El Nino rains,” the Company’s site in charge Mr Enhard Sebastian said.

In addition, a resident of Tabata, Mr Shelemia Gwassy thanked the government through the Prime Minister’s Office for cleaning the rivers including the Msimbazi River, Mpiji River, Ng’ombe River and Jangwani.

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