I must acknowledge the dedicated and hard working staff that make TANROADS operational. The accomplishments TANROADS has made over its 16 years of existence are a direct result of our commitment to providing safe and reliable roads network despite the challenges it faces.
The national roads network covers a total of 35,000 km, out of which 12,786 km are trunk roads and 22,214 km are regional roads. Out of the total 35,000 km of the national roads network, 25,849 km, amounting to 73.9%, are still unpaved. It is envisaged that the whole of the Tanzania’s Trunk Road Network is to be paved by the year 2021.
The condition of airport infrastructure and facilities for most of the 58 airports owned by the government is poor. Only two (2) international airports (JNIA and KIA) and eight (8) domestic airports have paved runways in good condition. For the remaining 48 airports, six (6) have paved runways but in poor condition while 42 are either gravel or grass runways. The number of airports installed with Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) to allow night operations is only five (5).
The maintenance costs of unpaved roads network and airports is too high due to its requirement for repeated re-gravelling, high operating costs and pollution of the environment emanating from dust. Frequent re-gravelling has exhausted sources of gravel material, which has tremendously increased the construction and maintenance costs. Sourcing of materials also puts high demand on acquisition of land for opening new borrow pits which causes social disruptions in terms of displacement and land take. In order to sustainably develop and maintain the national roads network and airports, TANROADS 5th Strategic Plan will seek to stabilize these infrastructures by upgrading the unpaved national roads and airports to paved standard.
Maintenance of the national roads network has improved since the inception of TANROADS. The national roads network in fair to good condition has improved from 50% in the year 2000 to an average of 85% in September 2016. In the 5th Strategic Plan, TANROADS strives to maintain the national roads network all weather passable.
In TANROADS 5th Strategic Plan it is intended to construct five (5) new airports to paved standard and rehabilitate 21 existing airports to improve air transport and reduce maintenance and operation costs.
TANROADS 5th Strategic Plan comes at the time when the traffic congestion on the roads network in the major cities of Tanzania including Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Dodoma, Mwanza and Mbeya has become acute. The 5th Strategic Plan incorporates measures to alleviate the traffic congestion including opening of ring roads, widening of some key roads and improvement of major junctions, construction of flyovers, interchanges and bypass roads.
In response to the Government’s initiative to embark on PPP, TANROADS in its 5th Strategic Plan plans to develop some sections of the national roads network under PPP arrangements.
Road safety has increasingly become an issue of major concern in Tanzania as vehicles have increased on its road network. In the 5th Strategic Plan, TANROADS will implement proactive and reactive measures to improve road safety. Proactively, TANROADS will continue to ensure the engineering designs and construction of national roads incorporate appropriate road safety measures. Reactively, TANROADS will intensify road safety audits to its roads network to identify blackspots and implement necessary road safety measures.
Despite the fact that, the Agency’s responsibility is development, maintenance and management of roads network and government owned airports; the 5th Strategic Plan envisions using the Government Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) and Human Capital Management Information System (HCMIS) to ensure that TANROADS resources are effectively and efficiently managed for development of national roads network and airports. Furthermore for sustainable implementation of the 5th Strategic Plan the crosscutting issues of ethics and HIV/AIDS prevention have been addressed.
Preparation of this Strategic Plan was participatory and involved inputs of several players. I acknowledge with appreciation TANROADS’ Management and all staff who have contributed to the preparation of this Plan. My appreciations further go to the President’s Office - Public Service Management for their facilitation in preparation of the Plan. Invaluable support was received from the parent ministry of TANROADS, the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, in formulation of the Plan and is highly appreciated. Also, the inputs from the Development Partners and Stakeholders have enriched the Plan and are highly appreciated.
Finally, I call upon TANROADS staff and key stakeholders to fully commit to the implementation of the Plan, as the achievement of the plan is highly dependent on their commitment.