[h=2]11,300 km roads to be tarmacked this year[/h] By Felister Peter 21st June 2011 Works deputy minister Dr Harison Mwakyembe told the Parliament yesterday that the government would construct 11,300 kilometres of tarmac roads countrywide in the 2011/12 financial year. He said this when responding to a question by Mbeya rural MP Luckson Mwanjale (CCM) who had wanted a statement from the government on whether it would construct the IsyonjeMakete road to tarmac level. Mwanjale argued that the road was important in the countrys economic growth since it passed through the Kitulo National Park and Songwe airport, where tourists would definitely like to visit. In response, Dr Mwakyembe said that since 2005 to last year, the government managed to construct a total of 6,800 kilometres of roads to the tarmac level in the country, but by the end of 2011/2012 financial year, there would be 11,300 kilometres of the same. He also said the government would like to construct all the roads in the country to tarmac level, but it failed to so due to financial constraints. He added, We are aware of the economic importance of the Isyonje-Makete road. However, we dont have any plan to construct it this year, but we will continue to repair it frequently. He said the government through the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads) had already spent 773.01m/- on repairing the road between 2006/07 and 2010/11, promising to continue doing so annually to make it passable throughout the year. Meanwhile, Dr Mwakyembe informed the House yesterday that the construction of the Singida-Babati-Minjingu main road had already started. He delivered the information when responding to a question by special seats MP Martha Umbulla (CCM). He said that the 224-kilometre road would be constructed to tarmac level. Dr Mwakyembe said the road was of paramount importance in connecting the new Manyara region to other regions to allow smooth transportation of agricultural produce to the markets. He said the seven-kilometre road from Mbulu-Dongobesh-Dareda-Babati would also be constructed to tarmac level. In his principal question, Umbulla requested the government to construct Mbulu district roads to enable farmers to easily transport their harvests to major markets in Arusha and Babati areas. SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN Comment: Up to now less than 7,000km of roads are tarmacked all over the country. 1km of road costs approx. 1bn to build to tarmac standard. that means 11.3trillion tshs are needed. is this possible? May be the writer misquoted the minister.