Tanzania’s tourism capital of Arusha in partnership with an investor in real estate is coming up with an ultra-modern satellite city in a bid to offer the populaces planned settlements.
Billed as the most ambitious, strategic and grand project in recent history, the BondeniCity satellite city, which is located 15km South West of the Arusha center, is anticipated to raise the profile of Tanzania’s safari capital.
This center will absolutely change the entire outlook of the city, where nearly 80 percent of its current residential area is unplanned.
Arusha City Council Executive Director, Athumani Kihamia told the visiting parliamentary committee led by the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Mr William Lukuvi that the idea of BondeniCity is not only to have formal habitation areas, but also to beautify Arusha, the pearl of country’s tourism and diplomatic activities.
Visibly impressed by the elegant project executed through Public, Private Partnership (PPP) model, Minister Lukuvi and some MPs commended the Arusha Council and the investor for the great idea and the job well done.
“The BondeniCity satellite City will complement government’s long term plan to regulate urban population as well as ease pressure on Arusha’s central business district, the headquarters for the East African Community” Mr Kihamia explained.
Experts say that judging from a land use perspective, satellite cities and urban infill development are the best ways to accommodate population growth while preserving open space and farmland. The alternative to this is urban sprawl.
One of the project Directors, Mr Omar Iddi Omar said that the proposed BondeniCity Satellite City will be developed on a farm located at Oljoro area, close to Arusha city center and will be having all prerequisite facilities.
“The proposed BondeniCity Satellite City project site comprises of an area covering some 1100 Acres. The survey of the area indicates, the site is made up of two sides separated by a major road going through lower Oljoro JKT farms and beyond to Simanjiro” said Mr Omar who is also a prominent Lawyer based in Arusha.
The farm, which in acreage terms is divided, almost equally on both sides of the road, is currently accessed from the Mbauda junction and it sits 10km from this junction and in total 15km from the Arusha clock tower roundabout.
The first 8km of the road from Mbauda is tarmac and the remaining stretch is a good all weather road.
However, there are plans by TANROADS to extend the tarmac beyond the farm up to the JKT farms. It is understood that the new Arusha ring road, under construction, crosses the famous CCM hill 500 meters north of BondeniCity, which will create better access to the property.
Analysts say that the satellite City’s location is one of the most prime sites at the moment by virtue of its being near the city center and by its size and the fact that it has a relatively flat landscape.
“The land is approximately 300mt lower in elevation than main Arusha and lends to spectacular views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day” said Mr Omar
According to him, the general topography of the site is relatively flat with a gentle inclination on the western side and the highest point is the homestead, which is surrounded by lovely mature trees.
The development of the proposed BondeniCity Satellite City would relate to the developments in various surrounding areas of Majengo, Burka, and Arusha town; evolving regional transport pattern and environmental planning issues such as future public transport that will have an impact to the new satellite town.
The approved master plan shows that the principles of sustainable development should form the foundation for new development within BondeniCity including; social progress, ecological balance, economic growth, heritage and cultural conservation.
The vision for a sustainable future, understanding of current conditions and future needs is incorporated in the master plan.
In order to provide direction for long-term sustainable development within the area, the planners have undertaken a detailed integrated land use planning and respective zoning.
The proposed development would be able to address high population growth challenges facing Arusha City, infrastructure and utilities requirements, consider social integration, encourage and facilitate home ownership to different social groups, provide economic opportunities whilst taking consideration of environment and best practice.
Whereas phase one, which comprises 139 acres will be inaugurated next month, the remaining part will be put into the market in June 2018.
The city is also putting key infrastructures typically characterizes technical structures such as roads, bridges, water supply, sewers, electrical grids, telecommunications including internet connectivity and broadband speeds and so forth and can be defined as the physical components of interrelated systems providing commodities and services essential to enable, sustain, or enhance societal living conditions.