Photo: Bloomberg

Photo: Bloomberg

Tanzania plans to spend 4.394-trillion shillings ($2-billion) to build new roads and a bus rapid transit system to unclog traffic in its commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Dar es Salaam, with a population of over four-million, is one of the fastest-growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa, but it faces a crippling traffic problem.

Works Minister John Magufuli told parliament plans to ease road congestion in the city include the construction of fly-overs and bridges, using budgetary allocations during the government’s next fiscal year starting in July.

The east African region, which has made significant discoveries of energy in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, has been racing to build new transport links to make up for decades of neglect and underinvestment.