Beijing, China - THE problem of traffic jams in Dar es Salaam can be minimised if two or more ring roads are built around the city in a quest to divert some of the motor vehicles, especially heavy-duty trucks and commuter buses from the business district. Further decongestion can be done by moving factories to the fringes of the city, a move that can also cut down on pollution, a health risk that is often generated by industrial effluents and solid waste. The suggestion was floated at a press conference by the Vice-President of China Communications and Construction Company (CCCC), Eng Ren Hongpeng, who saw no point in demolishing houses and other property on street and road sides to increase road width. He said that demolishing landed property was a costly undertaking that also disturbs and impoverishes property losers. Eng Ren, whose company is the most famous bridge and road construction establishment, said that even if urban streets and roads were expanded the problem would eventually creep back due to population growth and the attendant increase in the number of motor vehicles. He gave the example of Beijing which was hit by a similar problem in yesteryears but the situation was alleviated by the construction of four wide ring roads. He also said that his company, which also builds airports, railways and other transportation infrastructure, is famous for its engineering prowess. Some of its bridges in China are technological marvels. The company has also built bridges in Indonesia and Serbia and high-profile roads in Nakuru, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kifangodo, Angola and Migmason, Equatorial Guinea. It has also built a cement plant in Congo Brazzaville. Other road, harbour and bridge projects have been accomplished in Mauritania, Malta,Uzbekistan and Pakistan. Apart from construction of roads, bridges, railways and harbours in China, the company also won accolades for building Beijing Capital International Airport (Terminal Three) wing engineering feat. The Chinese company is a household name in Kenya where it also built the highway that links Mombasa to Nairobi. The road is affectionately known in Kenya as China Road. Eng Ren, who has visited Tanzania many times, looks forward to constructing two container terminals in the port of Dar es Salaam in the near future. He says that he is awaiting conclusion of funding arrangements involving the governments of Tanzania and China. Construction work at the port will possibly involve dredging the port area and the approach channel. The company will also build the container yard at the two terminals where 15,000 tonnes of cargo would be handled. The company will also be required to supply cargo-handling equipment and other requisite paraphernalia. The project will offer temporary jobs to hundreds of locals, some of whom will be engaged as labourers. Eng Ren, who has 12 years of experience on road and bridge construction in Africa under his belt, said that his company has the custom of supporting communities that live on the fringes of its road, bridge or other projects by improving their livelihoods or other ventures. "In some places we help build classrooms or repair school blocks. In northern Kenya we helped feed hungry communities when a critical famine struck," he said. The company uses local construction materials that are available in the host nation such as cement, steel, aggregate, sand and timber. However, he said, the company imports some materials from China when local varieties are inadequate, substandard or too expensive. He added that more and more Chinese construction companies take up jobs in Africa as their nation strengthens relations with the continent.