Tanzania’s Tabora – Kigoma SGR project is on the pipeline following the government appointing engineering consultancy firm-COWI Tanzania, to conduct an architect design and feasibility study for the project.
Works and Transport Deputy-Minister, Mwita Waitara announced that the consultant firm is expected to complete the task this month. The entire proposed SGR project and that from Tabora to Kigoma, measures 411 kms and the Kaliua-Mpanda-Karema with 316,7 kms. It is intended to replace the old metre-gauge railway system and reduce road congestion.
The Deputy-Minister noted that the Government continues to search for funds from different sources, including soft loans for implementation of the projects. He explained that due to high expenses of the project, the Government resolved to implement the standard gauge railway project in five phases which are the 300 kms section from Dar es Salaam – Morogoro, Morogoro – Makutupora (422 kms), Makutupora -Tabora (368 kms), Tabora – Isaka (165 kms) and the Isaka – Mwanza section with 341 kms.
Construction of the Dar es Salaam – Morogoro, Morogoro – Makutupora and Mwanza – Isaka is ongoing, adding the government is finalizing processes for procurement of construction materials for implementation of the SGR sections – Makutupora -Tabora (368 kilometers) and Tabora – Isaka (165 kilometrer).
In June this year, the Government allocated US $513M for construction of the SGR in the 2021/2022 financial year. The second phase of SGR from Morogoro region to Makutupora in Dodoma region covering 426km was on track and has reached 51%. In mid-June, President Samia Suluhu Hassan laid a foundation stone for the construction of the fifth lot of the SGR at Misungwi in Mwanza Region.