Tanzania Railway Corporation public relations director Jamila Mbarouk said this week in Dar es Salaam, while clarifying social media reports that the trains are intended for standard gauge railway trucks.
“This is not true, the standard gauge railway electric train will come from South Korea as originally stated,” Mbarouk said, adding that trains imported from Malaysia were ordered to reinforce rolling stock at metric gauge.
She said TRC’s strategy includes upgrading all railway facilities to support the SGR which will operate between the port cities of Dar es Salaam and Mwanza. “While the construction of the SGR is progressing well, we also had plans to improve the central railway line,” she said.
The existing MGR runs parallel to the SGR line between Dar es Salaam and Mwanza for a distance of 1,231 kilometers and remains essential for transporting freight until the electric track is completed.
Mbarouk explained that more locomotives and freight wagons will be purchased as targets from TRC to ensure that rail services in the country are upgraded to international standards as they link the ports of Dar es Salaam and Tanga to the landlocked countries.
“Until the standard gauge is complete, we will continue to rely on metric gauge rail services,” the TRC public relations manager added, saying the idea is to make sure people have other means of getting around the country.
Taking stock of progress in building the SGR and purchasing electric trains, Mbarouk said the project remains on track with possible trials slated for early next year. With the completion of the SGR between Dar es Salaam and Dodoma covering a distance of 541 km, the existing MGR will remain intact.
“We want passengers and freight owners to be able to choose which train service they want to use between Dar es Salaam and Makutopora in Dodoma,” she hinted, saying that because the costs of both systems will be different people will make choices based on their abilities. to pay.
In 2017, Turkish construction company Yapi Merkezi won a tender for the construction of over 300 km of SGR track between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro at a cost of $ 1.92 billion. The contract awarded by Reli Assets Holding Company (RAHCO) was to last 36 weeks. The Turkish firm got another contract to bring the SGR track to Dodoma in 2019 thanks to its impressive performance.
When completed, the Dar line to Mwanza is expected to carry 17 million metric tonnes of freight per year. Yapi Merkezi works in partnership with the Portuguese company Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção África.