A Parliamentary Committee on Administration and Local Government has appealed over the amount of money to be given to the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (DART) Agency.
Jasson Rweikiza, Committee’s chairperson elaborated to journalists, “the money cannot guarantee the agency to carry out its duties according to laid out plans. We have realised that you don’t get the amount of money being endorsed by the House, a situation which hampers you from rolling out your development projects as required.”
“During the 2015/16 financial year, Parliament endorsed 4,971,941,550/- but the agency got 464,275,868.02/- by the end of second quarter which was equivalent to 9.3%. Since the project seeks to improve the city’s transport system and citizens’ lives, the committee will make sure that DART Agency gets all budgeted money on time.” he said.
“The limited budget was hampering them from implementing some projects to forge ahead. “We are short of 400m/- for constructing demarcations in main terminals that will prevent people entering the buses without paying.” Eng Ronald Lwakatare, the agency’s acting chief executive, told the committee members.
Dar es Salaam bus rapid transit is a bus rapid transit system currently under construction in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Construction began in April 2012. The German construction company Strabag International GmbH has been awarded to realise the €134 million project.