Following a 30-day notice issued by the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads) regional office, residents of Kimara are bracing up for another round of structural demolitions.
Tanroads regional manager, Eliamin Tenga, said the demolition exercise aims at addressing the challenge of traffic gridlock in the area
The notice, dated July 9, 2021 and directed at the Ward Executive Officer attributes the demolitions on vehicles causing vehicular snarl-up between Kimara Korogwe and Ubungo.
The notice reads in part, “… We hereby inform you that the government, through Tanroads regional offices, has allocated funds to address the challenge of traffic of vehicles from Kimara Bucha to Kimara Resort along Morogoro Road.”
The agency held that the road reserves along Morogoro Road are 90 metres wide from the centre of the carriageway from Ubungo to Kimara Stopover.
His office issued similar notices in 1997, 2014 and 2017 expressing its intention to demolish buildings, malls and business stalls built inside the road reserve.
Tenga said any construction inside road reserves contravenes the Roads Act and Regulations. “Tanroads is reminding you to vacate houses, walls, fences and business stalls built inside the road reserves from Kimara Bucha to Kimara Resort within 30 days from the date of this notice”
Ubungo District Commissioner Kherry James says he has not received any notice in that regard, saying he will speak on the matter after getting information from Tanroads.
The Upper layer (Mwenge-Buguruni) of the Ubungo Interchange opened to the public in September last year.
The lower layer (Kimara – Manzese) was also opened to the public in June 2020. The interchange has reduced road accidents and traffic congestion of Morogoro, Sam Nujoma, and Nelson Mandela.