The Director General of the Tanzania Railways Ltd, Masanja Kadogosa made this observation at a function to lay the foundation stone for construction of 2.7 kilometers four underground tunnels for the electric train, graced by President John Magufuli.
He said the tunnels will stop flooding challenges affecting railway transportation during rainy seasons.
“The current railway line passes near Mkondoa River, with the company spending a lot of funds for repairs upon destructions wrought by flooding,” he said.
The building of 16 stations of the railway line now reaching halfway point has reached 90 percent while another portion has attained 15.8 percent of that kind of infrastructure, he stated.
The contractor, Yapi Merkez continues with building of workshops and installation of communication systems, the TRL CEO further noted.
Thej contractor has already fixed railway track to a 110 kilometer distance for the first part and 35 kilometers for the second part of the line, he said.
The Dar es Salaam-Makutupora section of SGR will cost $3.1m upon completion, he pointed out.
In his address, President Magufuli said construction of the tunnels will include building of a half kilometer flyover. He said Tanzania is not a poor country as its people can finance a 7.2trn/- electric rail line.
“Improvement of railway infrastructures in Morogoro Region will attract more investments as well as tourists. Authorities should consider the introduction of a special economic corridor in all the areas covered by the SGR,” the president directed.
He directed the contractor executing the 24 kilometers Kilosa - Dumila road to complete and hand over the project to the government as it has taken a long time.
Magufuli stated: “We have given the job to a local contractor, but he is not doing well. The project has taken several months to complete. We want the road to be completed so that we can start constructing the 70 kilometers stretch from Dumila to Mikumi.”
In 2015 there were 2,000 villages connected to electricity services but the number has now increased to 9,114 villages across the country. He said efforts are on-going for connection of the remaining 3,000 villages through the Rural Energy Agency (REA).
Construction of the strategic SGR line consists of five phases covering 1,219 kilometers, covering Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, Morogoro to Makutupora, Makutupora to Tabora, Tabora to Isaka and finally Isaka to Mwanza.
Upon completion, the SGR line shall link Tanzania with neighbouring countries, with the president laying the foundation stone for construction of the line in April 2017.