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NIT to build grand public car park at Ubungo

Discussion in 'Biashara, Uchumi na Ujasiriamali' started by BabuK, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. BabuK

    BabuK JF-Expert Member

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    The National Institute of Transport (NIT) at Ubungo, Dar es Salaam, has allocated four hectares of land at the institute to provide room for construction of a vehicles’ parking lot.

    The parking area would serve motorists who want to leave their cars in the lot if they prefer to travel by the proposed commuter train and bus rapid transit to their work stations in the city.

    Bartholomew Marcel, NIT Lecture in Logistics and Transport Management Marcel said NIT has prepared a business plan write up for the Ministry of Transportation for approval before they seek loans for project.

    He was speaking yesterday during a training workshop for researchers on road safety, traffic flow management and air pollution organised by Ardhi University.

    The workshop got support from Transport and Environment-Science Technology (TEST) Network led by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York, UK.

    The lecturer said the car park, close to Ubungo railway track where commuter train will be starting trips to the city centre, has a capacity for 1,000 vehicles.

    NIT discussion with and financial institutions is under way to implement the project. Marcel said motorists would pay a little fee for the service and security of their vehicles.

    “Productivity in public and private sectors has gone down because of traffic congestion, with vehicles moving at a snail’s pace of 12.297km per hour,” he said.

    Apart from bank loans, the lecturer said NIT was encouraging investors, both local and foreign to fund the project.

    In another development, NIT is soon to conduct vehicle inspections and provide technical advice on protection against air pollution, reduction road traffic deaths and improvement of the transport sector in the city.

    NIT early this year received vehicle inspection equipment from Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) to implement the road safety project.

    Meanwhile, Dr Jurgen Perschon, Executive Director of the European Institute for Sustainable Transport has advised Tanzanians to invest more in public and non-motorized cycling and walking.

    When planning, he said politicians should be concerned with sustainable transport because 90% of Tanzanians have no cars but cars take 90% of the road space which is socially unfair and economic nonsense.

    So the policy makers must ensure the mobility for the majority by public transport. The sector must come more sustainable in terms of being environment friendly. He said this strategy would help Tanzania have fewer accidents, less air pollution and less congestion.

    On road accidents, the second leading cause of deaths for the five to 44 years age of group in African countries, he said that 80% of the accidents related to behaviour of road users.

    Perschon cited speeding, reckless driving lack of respect for pedestrian and cyclists, driving under alcohol, driving, overloading vehicles and other issues.

    “The way we design our roads, the road must be changed so that everyone can use them safely,” he said, adding that the key development should be less dependence on automobile private use.



    SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

     
  2. M-pesa

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    safi sana!
     
  3. Maundumula

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    I like it!!!
     
  4. Mwanahisa

    Mwanahisa JF-Expert Member

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    Four hectares for 1000 car parking capacity its under utilization of land as a key resource,
    Why not have an underground to a three or four storey infrastructure to accommodate more cars and likewise more revenue?
     
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