Government allocates Shs9.5b to renovate railway line

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In order to improve Uganda’s transport system, the government has allocated Shs9.5b to renovate the railway line.

This follows a report by Uganda Railways to the Parliament’s Committee on the National Economy, which indicated that there is a need for the government to increase funding for the agency in order to expand rail transport.

The railway company revealed that in the immediate future the government decided to inject Shs9.5b and this should be extended to the repair of the railway line and equipment.

This is intended to improve the performance of the railway in order to reduce the number of trucks on the road. The company says the funds are due in a few weeks.

The government further approved Shs48b to purchase eight locomotives and also to rehabilitate the Kampala – Malaba line.

Mr. Charles Kateeba, managing director of the Uganda Railways Corporation, said the move will reduce the cost of transport, reduce the load and tare of roads and reduce traffic congestion.

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According to the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on the national economy, Mrs. Syda Bumba, Uganda as a country has needed the railway line for a long time.

In support of his submission, Mr. Elijah Okupa, who is a member of the committee, also claimed that the country needs alternative means of transport because no one knows when Uganda will be free from Covid-19.

“If we had our own rail line, we wouldn’t be panicking to see how we can get our cargo in and out of the country and also ensure that our business activities continue despite the transportation challenges we face in because of the pandemic, ”said Okupa said.

East Africa Legislative Assembly lawmaker Mathias Kasamba previously noted that freight trucks have increased from around 300 to 100 crossings per day due to recent restrictions at border points for fight against Covid-19.

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Last month, importers started switching to sea and rail transport for faster and safer delivery of goods following the increase in Covid-19 cases among truck drivers.

According to the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on the national economy, Mrs. Syda Bumba, Uganda as a country has needed the railway line for a long time.
Committee member Elijah Okupa also said the country needs alternative means of transportation as no one knows when Uganda will be free from Covid-19.

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