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Senegal to construct a railway line at a cost of US$500 million

President of Senegal Macky Sall has announced that the country would construct a railway line to link Casamance region to the capital Dakar. The president announced the project when he visited the region lamenting that, due to the increased insecurity in the area, now the formerly French popular destination has witnessed a robust desert.

The railway line will be passing through Tambacounda, which is a mining region then head to east of Senegal, and would be going around Gambia.

Casamance is reported to be Senegal’s one of the fertile region which has since escalated wrangles between them and Gambia to the north and Guinea- Bissau to the south, which has since proved to be difficult to mediate.

The president added that the project’s feasibility study had been completed but did not reveal when the construction would kick off; he neither mention the contractors nor the duration of the railway construction project.

He said the project will be very crucial since it will be bringing together the western, central and the southern regions and also increasing trade between the regions, and maximumizing on mineral exploitation.

Currently, Tambacounda, was transporting minerals via roads, which is an expensive means and the roads linking the regions are at deplorable states


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