Dar to remove old daladala

The government will purchase all old commuter buses ‘daladala’ six months before the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (DART) buses start operation.

Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit Agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Cosmas Takule, told the ‘Daily News’ that the agency had already made a study to determine the daladala profile and ownership prior to buying out the old ones, which will not be roadworthy.

“The study is ready, but I cannot disclose the numbers of daladalas that we’ll purchase. We’ll only do so six months before the project starts,” Mr Takule said on tele-interview.

The CEO added: “We avoid naming the benefactors as this may raise conflict of interest, and besides some buses are still running.

“The money will be paid under daladala grievance mechanism and acts as seed money to purchase their shares in the project.” The percentage of daladala ownership in the project was not disclosed.

Mr Takule said that in the first phase, the Kimara-Kivukoni/Kariakoo corridor, between 1,800 and 2,000 daladalas would be phased out and roadworthy ones would be re-routed in the feeder roads that will be linking the trunk roads.

The first phase of the DART project is on fast track, and upon completion in 2014 it is expected to have created 80,000 jobs. The phase also comprises expansion of Morogoro Road.

The Chairman of Dar es Salaam Commuter Buses Owners’ Association (DARCOBOA), Mr Sabri Mabrouk, confirmed the initiative of buying out aged daladalas and are working hand-in- hand with relevant authorities.

“So far there’s no problem or complaint,” Mr Mabrouk said adding, “as we (DARCOBOA) are well integrated in the project” as we speak, about 2,000 aged daladala will be purchased by the project.”

He said that at the moment DARCOBOA has 500 members who have more than one bus. But it is estimated that there are about 3,000 daladala owners half of whom own a single motor vehicle.
Source: The Daily News,http://www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Abduel Elinaza
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