|SONGWE AIRPORT SOON TO BE IN OPERATIONAL 24/7 FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF RADAR PROJECT AND TWO OTHER PROJECTS|
Deputy Minister for Works and Transport Hon.Mwita Waitara said that completion of installation of four state of the art radars project worth Tsh. 67.3 Billion in the country plus the ongoing runaways rehabilitation and light installation at Songwe Airport pave the way for it to starts operations 24/7.
Deputy minister revealed that during the visit at Radar site for Songwe airport located at Insuti Hill in Songwe district and added that to quick completion of the project will attract market demand as currently few airports operates 24 hours in the country. Other three radars are installed at the following TCAAs stations; Julius Nyerere International Airport(JNIA), Kilimanjaro International Airport(KIA) and Mwanza airport.
Deputy Minister Waitara added that Government of Tanzania spent a fortune to invest on various projects with the intention to add value to the operators and also urged local contractors that are working on various ongoing projects to be patriots and work tireless while protecting countrys security.
Deputy Minister Waitara was accompanied by Mbeya District Commissioner Hon. William Ntinika, who also stressed on the importance of project to be completed on time and avoid unwanted extensions as they increases unnecessary expenditures to the government following the interests charges to the extended time.
Deputy Minister Waitara also pointed out that most of the ongoing construction projects he had visited across the country, contractors are asking for extension after lapse of completion date, reason being either rains or covid 19 impact that caused most foreign contractors to fail to come to the projects on time as a results they are being replaced by local contractors for cheaper price. He asked for them to be paid similar rate meant for foreign contractor and their efforts to be recognized.