Implementation of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project and procurement of four new airplanes are among priority areas highlighted by the 2017/18 budget proposal presented by Finance and Planning Minister Philip Mpango recently.
Dr Mpango told members of parliament in Dodoma that implementation of the SGR project will start this fiscal year and that the Government has allocated 800 billion/- for it in this year’s budget while procurement of the airplanes would cost 231.3 million US dollars. He said the first of the four airplanes will be delivered in July 2017, two airplanes will be delivered in June, 2018 and the fourth airplane is due in the country in July, 2018.
“The priority projects are special as they are expected to have huge impact on the economy in line with the country’s 2025 Development Vision,” said the minister.
He added that while implementation of the Dar es Salaam to Morogoro portion of the SGR project would start this year, processes are going on to secure funds and contractors for construction of the SGR portions from Morogoro to Mwanza, namely Morogoro to Makutupora (336 km), Makutupora to Tabora (294 km), Tabora to Isaka (133 km) and Isaka to Mwanza ( 249 km).