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The Government has secured TZS 1.8tr/- grant from the World Bank for implementation of water and electricity projects in the country, TPJ has learnt.

The Ministry of Finance and Planning issued a statement recently saying an agreement for the grant which will be paid back in 40 years was signed in Dar es Salaam by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning Dotto James and World Bank country Director Bell Bird.

The statement quoted the permanent secretary as saying the grant would fund projects outlined in the National Five Year Development Plan 2016-2020, including the construction of 400KV transmission lines linking Iringa, Kisada, Mbeya, Tunduma and Sumbawanga as well as construction of 400KV substations at Sumbawanga, Tunduma, Kisada, Mbeya and a 330 KV transmission line from Tunduma to the Zambian border.

He added that the water projects to be implemented under this grant are meant to increase access to water supply and sanitation services in participating districts and to strengthen capacity of identified institutions in the sector to sustain service delivery. 

Ms. Bird called the signing of the agreement “a milestone and that safe drinking water and sanitation and hygiene were fundamental to human health and wellbeing.

According to permanent secretary in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Prof. Kitila Mkumbo, the project would be implemented in 86 districts in 17 regions.   

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