Tanzania has started inviting bidders for the construction of the remaining stretch of $7.6 billion standard gauge railway line from Morogoro to Mwanza that will be constructed in 5 phases.
According to reports given by the Reli Assets Holding Company Limited (RAHCO) the company has already advertised for four tenders that will involve the design work and building of the light railway line.
The bidder is expected to build the remaining stretch of the railway line that is expected to link Dar es Salaam port with the landlocked neighbouring three countries that is Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern part of DR Congo.
According to the company the design will involve the 336 kilometre stretch of the standard gauge railway (SGR) from the center from Morogoro to Makutopora and will stretch about 294 kilometers long to Tabora, a 133 kilometre long Tabora to Isaka and works contract for 294 kilometre stretch from Isaka to Mwanza.
RAHCO said that the project will be a land mark to the Tanzanians and they expect to give the tender after holding a thorough interview.
According to the state officials, the project is expected to begin within the current financial year and the government has set aside 1.0tri/- in the current financial year as initial cost of the project.
The State House said in a statement that Exim had agreed to provide the concessional loan to finance construction of a major standard gauge railway line, which will start in this financial year following talks between President John Magufuli and Exim Bank’s President Liu Liange in Dodoma.
The government said that there is already funds that have been set aside for the project and they expect quality work.
Once completed the project is expected to improve the Tanzania’s transport sector and its neighbouring countries.