Tanzania: Stop Vandalising Brt Infrastructures, Traders Warned

TRADERS vandalising Bus Rapid Transit Agency (BRT) infrastructures and those encroaching lanes set for pedestrian walkways risk legal penalties.

The Chief Executive of the Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART) Dr Edwin Mhede issued the warning last week, when he, together with several members of the staff embarked on a cleanup campaign of the 20 kilometres BRT corridor from Kimara suburbs to city centre.

He said that it was absurd to learn that traders along Manzese area were using the pedestrian walkways to park heavy vehicles, a move which destroyed pavements.

Dr Mhede also warned motorcyclists, who are riding in the walkways hence causing accidents and destroying the infrastructure.

“Traders who park their vehicle in pedestrian lanes are not only destroying the infrastructures, but they are also destroying trees planted to preserve the environment and provide shade along BRT roads. I call for all traders to stop this practice immediately,” he said.

At the same time, Dr Mhede reminded DART employees to transform mindset by working around the clock to provide timely services to city commuters.

He said that the agency is currently serving more than 200,000 customers a day who travel along the 20.9 km lane connecting Dar es Salaam City centre to Kimara and Mbezi areas. The fleet is expected to increase as more infrastructures are in the making.

He also issued a warning to a few staff who have developed a tendency of reporting to the workplace late, using heavy traffic jams as a scapegoat to change, or else rightful measures will be taken against them.