The Power transmission line at Gongo la Mboto, a project that is already five years behind schedule, has been issued a 14-day ultimatum for its completion.
The ultimatum was delivered by deputy minister for energy and minerals, Dr Medard Kalemani.
The project forms part of the Tanzania Energy Development and Access Expansion Project (TEDAP), Tanzania Daily News reported.
It is reported that the initiative has received backing of over $32 million from the World Bank.
TEDAP’s objective is said to improve the quality and efficiency of electricity service supply and to establish a sustainable basis for energy access expansion, plus renewable energy development in the country.
Power transmission line
The deputy minister said that the five-year project (2009 to 2013) was five years behind schedule, stating that the contractor was responsible for the delay and thus liable to pay a 10% penalty, media reported.
“The project cost was pegged to the dollar. It is obvious that there is a huge difference in currency exchange rates since 2009. The contractor must shoulder this burden,” Kalemani noted.
He added: “At the same time, I am ordering for the transfer of the project supervisors because maladministration was the main cause of the delay and people are tired of frequent power cuts.”
Power distribution stations also delayed
Apart from the Gongo la Mboto project, the deputy minister also toured Mbagala, Kurasini and Kigamboni power distribution stations, which are similarly affected by project implementation delays.
According to media he also issued separate five-day ultimatums for their completion.
Meanwhile, Tanzania Electric Supply Company managing director, Dr Tito Mwinuka, clarified that work was being held back by pending permits, including one from the National Environment Management Council.
Kigamboni District Commissioner, Hashim Mgandilwa and Member of Parliament, Faustine Ndungulile voiced complaints over frequent power interruptions averaging three a day, media stated.
“Power cuts constitute one of the reasons behind stagnation of economic and development activities in this district. It is really demoralising,” Ndungulile stated.
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