Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dar es Salaam keen on warding off floods

Lucovick Kazoka in via the Tanzania Daily News: Dar Es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Saidi Meck Sadiki, has directed city fathers to take legal action against people who build houses or other infrastructure along water channels.

The upshot is to prevent flood during rainy seasons. Addressing the Regional Road Board meeting in Dar es Salaam, Mr Sadiki, said that building houses in those areas was the key cause of the previous incidents of flooding in the city. He stressed that city fathers should use by-laws to prevent the problem.

"The government has frequently incurred losses due to the effects of flooding which always resulted from people flouting by-laws which prevent them from building anything along the water course," said the RC, who chaired the meeting. Mr Sadiki said garbage has been a contributing factor to floods by blocking water channels.

He added that all municipalities (Temeke, Ilala and Kinondoni) should improve cleanliness and prevent flooding. He said the Kinondoni municipality should ensure that construction of water channels along Mpunga Valley at Msasani is completed in time.

The municipality should also ensure the contractor carrying out construction does so in accordance with value of money. Mr Sadiki reminded the municipalities that one of the of the priorities in the Big Results Now (BRN) was the transport sector and that the city fathers should ensure the goals are attained by 100 per cent....

Dar es Salaam at dawn, shot by Geza ulole 69, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license 

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