Kariakoo Terminal to be the hub for public transport in Dar es Salaam
While the infrastructure development of Gerezani terminal in Kariakoo area is at different stages as part of the buildings works for the Dar Rapid Transit (DART) phase II, the completion of construction of the terminal sometime 2021, is envisaged to serve as hub for urban public transport in the city of Dar es Salaam.
Gerezani DART terminal is currently serving buses coming from different directions in the DART system of phase I such as Kimara, Morocco, and Muhimbili.
The ongoing infrastructure development at Gerezani terminal aims at expanding the existing terminal in order to serve several phases of DART project which is planned to be implemented in six phases.
Making Gerezani terminal a connecting point of DART network will receive buses from phases one, two and three.
The notion of Gerezani to become a hub of public transport in the city was on February 19 disclosed the DART System Planning and Design Manager, Eng. Fanuel Kalugendo during a field tour to the DART system by the Agency’s Audit Committee.
Eng. Fanuel Kalugendo who also doubles as Secretary of the Audit Committee, explained that: “Gerezani Terminal, upon completion of infrastructure construction will receive buses from phase I, phase II, phase III, and perhaps buses from phase IV.”
He explained to the committee members that phase II covers 20.3 kilometers while phase III which is along Nyerere Road covers 23.6 kilometers mainly along Nyerere Road that goes to Julius Nyerere International Airport.
According to the Dar es Salaam Master Plan, a terminal at Mnazimmoja has been proposed to be built in order to serve buses in phases three and four while decongesting Kimara and Gerezani terminals.
In another development, the DART Agency’s Chief Executive, Eng. Ronald Lwakatare, eluded that many people can invest at Gerezani terminal as part of transit oriented development when the terminal becomes a connecting point for many phases in the DART system.
Explaining how DART phase II infrastructure development is managed, Eng. Fanuel Kalugendo said that phase II is divided into two lots, namely, lot I for road works and bus stations, while lot II is for buildings such as feeder stations and terminals.
The infrastructure development of phase II which deals with buildings works is at different stages,Kariakoo terminal being at 55 percent with the completion of erection of site hording, one concrete floor slab for gate house, block walling for ticket booth, substructure works for terminal shed, and concrete work for terminal shed floor slab.
Citing infrastructure development progress for different feeder bus stations, Eng. Beno Matata, from Inter-Consult, a supervising consultant, said that the infrastructure development for Chang’ombe feeder station was at 90 percent with completion of substructure for feeder station, bloc wall fence and steel grill; earthworks and other structures at the station whose development is at different stages.
Eng. Matata further said that the construction progress for the feeder station at Mtoni kwa Aziz Ally was at 85 percent with substructure for feeder station being completed while other structures at the station were at different stages of development.
Other buildings at different stages of infrastructure development and their percentages in brackets include Mtoni Kijichi feeder station (85%), Zakhem feeder station (41%), Mbagala Depot, terminal and feeder station (20%).
Nevertheless, Eng. Matata said that the overall physical progress of the whole contract was at 26 percent.
Highlighting some hurdles to the ongoing infrastructure construction activities, Eng. Matata cited a few contributing factors that delayed the commencement of works in some portions of phase II included partial possession of land at Mbagala depot site due an incomplete relocation of the already compensated people affected properties (PAPs).
Apart from protracted demolition of PAPs, the supervising consultant also cited relocation of utilities such as water pipes, electrical cables, and telephone cables and the ongoing rains were some of the delaying factors for commencement of works in the implementation of DART phase II lot two that deals with construction of bus terminals and feeder stations.