Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Chinese ready to overhaul rail line

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Athuman Mtulya, The Citizen

A China construction company is willing to overhaul the central railway line, says a statement

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), which also built a 1,860km Tanzania-Zambia railway from 1970-1976 told Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda who is China that they are ready for the job and they waiting for the green light from the government of Tanzania.

CCECC president Yuan Li told Pinda that China was talking to the ministry of Transport over the matter.

Mr Yuan expects that the two parties would agree on the matter.

Mr Pinda said the overhaul would reduce a burden of damaged roads as a result of a big bulk of heavy loads being transported by trucks after the collapse of the railway line decade ago.

“When the reconstruction is done it will also opened more doors for economic opportunities. It will boost trade with Rwanda, Burundi and DRC and we can even transport Ugandan cargo via Mwanza,” he said.

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