The government contracted a Chinese company, Jiangsu Gold Civil Construction, to carry out the repair work at a cost of US$1.6 million.
Muchinga Provincial Deputy Secretary Chiwele Kondomone who inspected the repair work today confirmed that the government wants the repair work to be completed as soon as possible.
Kondomone said the suspension of train movements has significantly affected the movement of goods and services to and from the port of Dar-salaam in Tanzania.
Accompanied by the Kanchibiya District Commissioner, Chrispin Chilekwa, the Deputy Secretary instructed the contractor to ensure that the work is completed in August as scheduled.
“The government wants to see this project completed as soon as possible to allow the resumption of freight and passenger trains which were suspended last year,” Mr Kondomone said.
TAZARA Clerk of Works, Sternly Shimishi, said progress had been made on the project, adding that since the South African fabricated steel elements arrived at the site, a lot of progress had been made on the project. .
Project consultant Caron Kasumba said the repair works are expected to be completed by August 30 this month.
Kasumba said the works are progressing well and all required technical details are being taken seriously, emphasizing that the contractor is committed to delivering a quality product by the end of this month.
“Since the arrival of the steel elements which were fabricated in South Africa, great progress has been made and the project is nearing completion,” said Eng. Kasumba.
The TAZARA Bridge over the Chambeshi River in Kanchibiya was damaged in May last year after a freight train slammed into the steel members.
The development has resulted in the suspension of freight and passenger train movements.
Repair work on the damaged TAZARA Bridge began in May this year and was originally due to be completed in July last month.