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The Government has directed the Usafiri Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (UDART) to improve its service in the Dar Rapid Transit (DART) system amid disruptions’ caused by floods at Jangwani depot.
The directive was recently issued by Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government Hon. Josephat Kandege during his recent tour to the flood prone area at Jangwani depot.
The floods that have been happening from November last year to present have so far affected about 30 buses bringing the number to 110. The bus operator has been with mechanical defects so as to normalize bus operations.
The government has also reiterated its directive on UDART to remain alert on weather forecast from Tanzania Meteorological Agency so as to avoid buses breakdown due to floodwaters at the depot.
The Chief Executive of UDART, Charles Newe has admitted the impact of flood on the buses saying that about 30 buses have been affected by the flood.
Giving feedback on the directive issued by Minister of State in the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Governments, Hon. Selemani Jafo on the decision to shift all buses from Jangwani depot to Gerezani Kariakoo during rain seasons temporarily to obviate the horror that is normally caused by floodwaters.
Mr. Newe, however said that UDART was not able to shift all buses to Gerezani due to lack of facilities of making services to the buses at Gerezani and insufficient parking space a Gerezani.
Explaining on the loss incurred due to the floods, Mr. Newe averred that every bus that was damaged by the floods has cost 10 million shillings for each bus.
The Deputy Minister also received report from DART Agency Chief Executive, Eng. Ronald Lwakatare on bus scheduling fare collection and the availability of smart cards and paper tickets in the DART system.