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I haven't been back home for over 4 months (currently studying in New Zealand) but i will do some digging and let you all know what i find outI am sure TZboy knows something or two w.r.t the Arusha DC Safari City.
That is interesting, I have multiple times e-mailed the municipal council but nothing. I will try ask some people to try find out.I recently heard that Arusha City Authorities has signed with Dubai based company called Phills international to build a satellite city consisting of huge shopping malls,hospital,schools etc. Construction will be complete 2015.
Anyone has more details?
Is the same Arusha DC Safari City?
Ndio hii inayohusu Kaloleni. I am asking around but as of yet haven't received any news how big this project is, or how they plan to evict some of the people. Did you hear anything about when they plan to begin?I recently heard that Arusha City Authorities has signed with Dubai based company called Phills international to build a satellite city consisting of huge shopping malls,hospital,schools etc. Construction will be complete 2015.
Anyone has more details?
Is the same Arusha DC Safari City?
Turkish experts strike deal to develop
By Happy Lazaro
The Arusha municipal council in Arumeru district has approved an expenditure of Tsh.8.6 billion for the purchase of a 432 acre parcel of land in Arumeru district, Arusha region for the development of a new satellite city.
The payment will be made immediately the council has acquired the money. The African Commercial Bank (CBA) has agreed to loan the council the money on favourale interest terms.
Arusha Municipal Council Director Haifa Hida said this during a special council meeting as s he read the agenda of approving the payment of buying the land parcel which is owned by Keystone Limited of Arusha town.
He disclosed that before the buying transactions were initiated by the council a valuation report had been compiled by M & R Agency of Dar es Salaam City who pegged the value of the property at Tsh.29 billion.
The aim of purchasing the land was to build a satellite city known as Safari Town with state of art modern apartments using experts from Turkey. Completed buildings will be sold to the public at fair prices while others will be rented out to earn the city municipality cash.
Arusha District Commissioner Mercy Silla applauded the municipal council for coming up with such a noble idea of earning it money.
The council chairman Simon Sanging’o said it was worthwhile for the council to consider offering education to councilors on development project matters.”We are not experts. We need more education and exposure through field trips and tours so as to hasten the development of our municipality.” said Sanging’o.
^^:banana:By Arusha Times Reporter
Arusha City kicks off the year 2012 with yet another major controversy. This time it revolves around a proposed project to convert Kaloleni into a high end commercial district, but already residents of the area are up in arms.
Thousands of tenants of the about 500 residential houses, belonging to the Arusha Municipal Council in Kaloleni area will soon be evicted from the said properties to pave way for new real estate developments.
Nearly 1000 families with over 5000 people between them will now be required to look for alternative dwellings far from Kaloleni area since the council intends to start demolishing all the houses in the vicinity anytime from now, according to Municipal authorities.
“The houses are very aged, some quite tiny and an eyesore because Kaloleni is located right in the City Center where we now intend to establish modern structures among them residential flats and commercial skyscrapers,” explained the Municipal Mayor, Mr Gaudence Lyimo.
The Arusha-Urban Member of the Parliament, Godbless Lema is at the moment putting on the gloves ready to fight against the move, arguing that the Kaloleni residents must first be assured of their future places of residency before the city fathers think of chucking them out of their homes.
Addressing a rally in Unga-Limited grounds last week, Lema maintained that, what he knows of the project is an intended shopping city in Kaloleni which will see thousands of Arusha residents being displaced.
"If they want to establish a shopping mall, commercial center or any other project, we welcome the move but they should consider expanding to other areas like say Kisongo, Muriet and other less developed locations," said Lema.
The MP argued that, Kaloleni is a residential area and should remain like that because there is no place where it was written that people have no right to live in the city. The politician also stated that there have been underground motives to sell off Kaloleni to some people from the United Arabian Emirates (UAE).
But speaking to the journalists later the Municipal Mayor, Mr Lyimo refuted allegations that the Council was in the process of selling off the entire Kaloleni City Center District to Foreigners from the Middle East.
“The proposed new housing and commercial property projects for Kaloleni will be fully undertaken by the Arusha Municipal Council and all buildings will belong to AMC,” insisted the Mayor.
But Mr Lyimo admitted that the Council has outsourced the services of the Dubai-based, Phillips International of UAE to execute the construction of the modern ‘Kaloleni City’ as per council’s directives and planning though the soon to be affected tenants are smelling fish in the whole arrangement.
“The company may be based in Dubai but among its owners are Tanzanians who have seen the importance of transforming Arusha’s City landscape for the better; actually it will be a joint venture between them and the council,” said the Mayor without explaining what kind of people are expected to occupy the new properties once completed or whether they are going to be affordable rent wise.
“All I can say is that the Arusha Municipal Council is not in any way trying to harass its residents, especially the tenants of the AMC houses; we are simply trying to push development into the area,” he said.
Arusha has for many years been facing acute shortage of residential houses and the council believes the new buildings of Kaloleni will help solve the problem. The City center, whose population growth clocks at 3.5 percent per annum, has a population of about 500,000 .
Among the AMC buildings to be bulldozed include single unit houses, residential flats, multi family structures and business outlets all sprawling the entire Kaloleni and parts of Levolosi and Pangani areas mapped between the main Arusha-Moshi highway, down to Old Makongoro Road.
The move is aimed at easing the current housing problem in the urban section of Arusha, hand-in-hand with improving the town appearance which has stagnantly remained the same since attaining its Municipal status in 1980. Arusha is about to be officially made City and this could be among the strategies to facelift the urban appearance.
Local History indicates that, some of the tenants for the AMC owned houses of Kaloleni have been living in the vicinity for over 50 years now enjoying the lowest rental rates in the locality.
I am really for such projects but I wonder so many people will be affected.Have they been given them an alternative or we will see another endless court battle eventually the developer pulls off the deal. I mean why can't they allocate the developer a place where has no issues and can proper plan out all the necessary infrastructure.hnoerhaps this is the time for me to say what I have always felt about Arusha. It is such a beautiful and fast growing city but I have always wondered about its future development. Is there a good forward-looking master plan? The narrow meandering residential roads etc need to be addressed now to avoid farther, expensive and acrimonious demolisions in the future.
After Kaloleni, should the people in Mianzini, Sanawari, Sakina, etc start preparing their heads for a shaving?
True. They should have thought of acquiring land towards Usa river and create a new urban node between Arusha and Moshi. The benefits of this would be immense, especially if it is built with tourists in mind given all the surrounding attractions in the area.I am really for such projects but I wonder so many people will be affected.Have they been given them an alternative or we will see another endless court battle eventually the developer pulls off the deal. I mean why can't they allocate the developer a place where has no issues and can proper plan out all the necessary infrastructure.
maybe someone in Arusha can give us more info on the ground.