Minister: SGR trials for early next month

06Aug 2022
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Minister: SGR trials for early next month

TRIALS for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Dar es Salaam to Morogorost art next month, Works and Transport ministerProf MakameMbarawa has confirmed.

Works and Transport ministerProf MakameMbarawa

He told a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the government was bent on a timely beginning of the trials, also seeking to ensure that local engineers are in a position to run the newly built facility.

Particular regard is being directed at local women engineers, to be in line in technical capacity, thus eligible for jobs and responsibilities as the facility moves to its operational stage.

The 7.2trn/- SGR project executed by YapiMerkezCo. of Turkey will upon completion link Tanzania with Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Its construction consists of five phases covering 1,219 kilometers, with theDares Salaam - Morogorosection covering 300km, theMorogoro- Makutupora section a much longer 422km, followed by theMakutupora -Taborasection taking up 294km.  The final sections are Tabora - Isakaat 130km andIsaka to Mwanza, another 249km, capped by the Tabora to Kigomasection stretched along 411kms. 

The ministry’s priorities for the year 2022/2023 involve aligning national development plans to help Tanzanians move out of poverty, including the widening of road networks countrywide as this facilitates the development of other sectors.

The construction of the 3.2kmKigongo –Busisibridge in Mwanza and a widened Wami bridge in Tanga region are of particular significance, he said, with other projects being the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) road network in Dar es Salaam.

This will reduce congestion by diminishing the bus turnover in the city, while the ring road in Dodoma shall reduce city centre congestion. Porto expansion countrywide is expected for the ports of Tanga, Dar es Salaam and the lakeside port ofMwanza, he said.

 Building more houses for government officials and renovation of airports in various regions are other priorities, he said, underlining that projects being implemented are geared at realising value for money, doing the best with the funds allocated.

Expansion of port gates 8 to 11 inDar es Salaam goes in tandem with expansion of gates one and two of Tanga port, while caring for existing roads will be done by having more weigh bridges across the country. This will check overloading which harms the road network.

A total of 1500 kilometers oftarmac roads is being constructed across the country, along with bridges adding that the budget for this year involves construction of the 165 kilometer SGR from Tabora to Isaka 


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