TRANSPORT SECTOR SUPPORT PROGRAM
- Reference: P-TZ-D00-002
- Approval date: 26/11/2015
- Start date: 27/05/2016
- Appraisal Date: 20/02/2015
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: TANROADS -Tanzania National Roads Agancy
- Location: North/Southwest Tanzania and Zanzibar
The Transport Sector Support Program consists of the following
(i)the Upgrading of the Tabora (Pangale) - Koga - Mpanda Road (342.29 km),
(ii)Upgrading of the Mbinga - Mbamba Bay road section of the Mtwara - Corridor (67 km),
(iii)Rehabilitation of the Bububu - Mahonda - Mkokotoni Road (31km), a section of the Zanzibar Town Entry Roads
(iv)Upgrading of Zanzibar Rural Roads (21.6 km),
(v)complementary initiatives (feeder roads, market stalls, wells etc);
(vi)Feasibility studies for Roads, Airports and Railways
The project objective is to improve the essential transport infrastructure in Tanzania in order to reduce transport costs and increase access to goods and services to enhance economic development. Particularly, the upgrading of the Mbinga - Mbamba Bay section will see the completion of the upgrading of the Mtwara road corridor which will contribute to regional integration by improving the link between the Mtwara sea port and its hinterland, northern Mozambique and Malawi.
The performance indicators will be improved transport services and lower transport costs along the roads to be measured by assessing the road roughness, estimating vehicle operating costs and traffic volumes.
The construction of the Tabora - Koga - Mpanda road to bitumen standard is a key component of the Nzega - Tabora - Mpanda Development Program serving the South Highlands, Lake Zone and Eastern part of Tanzania. The road will also connect Tanzania to neighbouring countries of Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo through Kasanga Port, and Kasesya and Tunduma Border Posts. Upgrading of the road section will serve as a catalyst for poverty reduction and spur economic growth in the project area.
Mbinga - Mbamba Bay road is a section of the Mtwara to Mbamba Bay corridor. The 800km Mtwara to Mbamba Bay road provides the backbone transport infrastructure with cross-border linkages to northern Mozambique and into Malawi and Zambia across Lake Malawi. The Government of Tanzania is promoting the development of a whole range of economic investment opportunities along Mtwara corridor.
Zanzibar Rural roads comprise the Matemwe - Muyuni road, Mkwajuni - Kijini road and the Pale - Kiongele road for a total length of 21.6 km. The upgrading of these roads to bitumen standard will enhance the usage of the road network on Unguja Island by providing access to the main roads. This will reduce spoilage of agricultural produce at the farm gates as well as during transportation to markets.
Bububu - Mahonda -Kinyasini - Mkokotoni (31km) is one of the Zanzibar Township Entry Roads identified for improvement under the Zanzibar Transport Master Plan as the roads have exceeded capacity. The upgrading of the Project roads is expected to improve transport efficiency (e.g. to and from port), access to socio-economic services, reduce traffic accidents, improved agriculture growth and boost tourism.
Farmers and people in the Tabora and Rukwa Regions of mainland Tanzania and those on the Island on Unguja in Zanzibar will be connected to markets with all-weather roads and the regional traders will benefit with the improvement of the link between Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.
The opening up of road connectivity between Mtwara port ad Mbamba Bay have great potential to promote the development of natural resources on the Mtwara corridor as well as connecting northern Mozambique and Malawi to the nearest port of Mtwara.
MUSA Patrick Tamba - RDGE4