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The construction of Dar es Salaam- Isaka railway is at it final stage according to the nation Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Engineer Isack Kamwelwe.
Speaking during the commissioning of one locomotive among the seven locomotives that are being repaired at Morogoro’s state-of-the-art workshop, he noted that the project was being undertaken in two phases.
According to him, the first phase will be from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro (283 kilometres) which has been completed while the remaining 687 kilometres will be from Kilosa to Isaka was at different implementation stages. Making the total kilometers to be 970.
The project is been funded by the World Bank at a construction cost worth US$300 million. World Bank aim to support Tanzania’s effort though the International Development Association (IDA) in creating a reliable open access railway infrastructure on the Dar es Salaam – Isaka section of the East African Central Corridor.
It will also help strengthen the countries rail agencies’ ability to manage the infrastructure, the traffic operations, and the network regulation.
Meanwhile, the project will also contributes to the World Bank Group’s (WBG) two broad goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
This is through relaying rail tracks, building new intermodal terminals, repairing or reconstructing bridges and supporting the institutional transformation of the sector.
Source: Daily News