Construction of the second phase of Tanzania’s standard gauge railway (SGR) from Morogoro region to Makutupora in Dodoma region covering 426km is on track. According to Tanzanian Prime Minister Kasim Majaliwa, a report presented to him by Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) indicated that construction of the Morogoro-Makutopra section has reached 51.9%.
“I am impressed with the construction pace of the new railway line and I hope it will be completed before February 2022,” said the PM after inspecting SGR’s construction between Igandu and Dodoma stations. He further commended the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) which oversees the construction of the SGR by Turkish company Yapi Merkezi.
Second phase of Tanzania’s SGR (Morogoro-Makutopra section)
The Morogoro-Makutupora SGR section covering 426km is part of the 2,561 kilometers SGR system expected to link Tanzania with neighboring countries of Rwanda and Uganda, cutting through Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) will produce 70MW of electricity to power the first phase of the Tanzania standard gauge railway (SGR). According to Energy minister Dr Medard Kalemani, the actual construction of power lines between Dar es Salaam (Kinyerezi) and Morogoro (Kingorwira) is complete. “We have invested US $30.7m in building the necessary power infrastructure for the first phase of the SGR. The project is done by 100%,” he said.
According to Majaliwa the use of trains instead of road transport will serve to reduce costs and save roads from destruction by heavy vehicles and conserve the environment. The construction of the SGR will cut down the cost of moving bulk freight by up to 40% which is almost half of the usual cost,” he said.