Construction of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro has reached 42%. This is according to Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC).
TRC Executive Director, Mr Masanja Kadogosa said that they have done a lot of underground work and that the main work left was the installation of railway sleepers and fibers.
“So far the construction progress is on the right track . We are optimistic that we are going to finalize the Dar-Morogoro section within the next 10 months,” said Kadogosa.
Tanzania signed an agreement with Turkish and Portuguese firms to construct the Dar es Salaam- Morogoro stretch at US $1bn, which is expected to be completed by November 1, this year.
The construction of the project is divided into four phases and put out separate tenders to design it. The three remaining sections are Makutupora-Tabora (294km), Tabora-Isaka (133km) and Isaka-Mwanza (248km).
The country plans to spend US $14.2bn over the next five years to build the 2,561 kilometre-SGR connecting its main port of Dar es Salaam to land-locked neighbors including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.
In July, 2016, China, through its Exim Bank, agreed to advance Tanzania US $7.9m for the railway project, despite its key contracting firms having been omitted from the project.
The project will contribute positively to Tanzania’s future development to meet an increasing demand for the transportation of passengers and improve the domestic supply network.