Construction of Terminal Three at the Julius Nyerere Airport (JNIA) is nearing completion, Engineers Registration Board (ERB) Vice- Chairperson, Ms Gemma Modu has said.
Ms Modu said that the project is 70 percent complete with total completion expected in May 2019. The project had been planned for commissioning in December this year, but challenges to do with importation of quality construction material meant that the opening date of the project would be pushed to later next year.
“The time of project completion has extended due to various challenges including availability of quality construction materials which are bought from abroad, so it takes time materials to arrive in the country.Time of shifting from one phase to another also affected the project,” she explained.
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Modu was speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday when the ERB team visited to the project area to assess the progress, challenges and achievements of the project.
As a result of the delay, construction cost of the project has also gone up. ERB Quantity Surveyor and Board Director, Samuel Marwa said that the project would now cost 30 million Euros above the initial cost of 560 billion Tanzania shillings.
Located about 12 kilometres from the city centre, The Julius Nyerere Airport has flights to destinations in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and has been named after the nation’s first president, Julius Nyerere.