GEITA: Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA) in Geita Region has condemned the increased misuse of public roads, a situation which damages road networks in the area.
TARURA Geita Regional Manager, Engineer Chacha Moseti took the stance recently during the Regional Road Board meeting in Geita town, insisting that the misuse undermines the roads’ repairs.
Citing traders engaging in petty businesses and dumping wastes along the roads, Eng Moseti noted that rubbish discarded end up clogging smooth flow of water in trenches.
He added: “Another problem is cattle passing on the road. This has been a big challenge because when livestock pass on the road their hooves damage roads. We also have another challenge from overweight vehicles on our roads.”
His list included increase in theft and destruction of metal road signs, making road users, forcing motorists not to pay attention to the proper use of the road.
Meanwhile, Engineer Moseti said that in the financial year 2023/24, TARURA in Geita Region was allocated a budget of 20bn/-, but till today they have only received 10 per cent of the funds in comparison to the projects consuming about 34 per cent.
“In December 2023, the implementation had stopped due to the heavy rain and there was no way we could continue with the project’s implementation,” he pointed out.
Adding: “The budget plans for the year 2024/25 is to construct a total of 311 km of roads with an estimated budget of 31bn/- as we set implementation strategies.”
On his part, Chairman of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in Geita region, Mr Nicolous Kasendamila urged TARURA to speed up the implementation of projects as many projects are not completed on time.
Commenting, Geita Regional Commissioner Martin Shigella urged TARURA to give priority to asphalt maintenance in the growing cities in order to keep infrastructures and become friendly for the public considering the growing population increase in related areas.
The agency is responsible for constructing, maintaining and repairing district, urban roads, feeder roads, collector roads as well as community roads.