Tanzania’s Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication has said that it was in the process of procuring a contractor for the construction of the standard gauge railway line run from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma and Mwanza.
The construction of the standard gauge railway line is set to cost the country at least US$7.6 billion.
Tanzania’s Transport permanent secretary Leonard Chamuriho said that all the logistics have been done as they already found funds for the same.
This comes just weeks after Tanzania signed a $7.6 billion loan agreement with the Exim Bank of China for upgrading the railway line.
“We are currently in the process of getting the very best competitive contractor who can carry out the project and once we complete we will ensure that we announce it to the media” he added.
He also added that the railway is expected to boost the countries transport sector that in the past has been lagging behind.
“We will ensure that the project is completed on time once we finish up with getting the very best contractor” he added.
President John Magufuli is on record as having been quoted saying that the construction will commence within the current financial year (2016/2017), with the government setting aside Sh1 trillion in the current financial year as initial cost of the project.
“As soon as we announce the procurement of a contractor we expect to continue with evaluation and other procedures related to the project,” he said. The project involves construction of a 2,190-km railway line and is expected to be a catalyst for speeding up development in the country.
Once the project is completed its expect to uplift the face of Tanzania’s transport sector and more so improve on trade.