Tanzanian President Eyeing Faster Central Railway Project With China Push

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli lately is reported insisting the cabinet for the speed up of the Central Railway construction project that is to begin this year.

Magufuli noted during talks at the State House in Dar es Salaam his government entertains acting more and less of preaching.

A statement released by the Presidential Directorate of Communications read, “We would like to see our development partners, particularly China which is the best friend to Tanzania to go with that speed.”

The Central Railway Line is planned to connect Dar es Salaam with Mwanza, Kigoma as well as the neighboring countries of Rwanda and Burundi.

Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli
Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli

The Magufuli government has sanctioned one trillion shillings for the construction project for this year’s budget and until now 32 contractors have applied for a tender.

The line will cover the length of 200 kilometer from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro.

The president said he is looking ahead to start the project this financial year and wants to complete before he steps down.

He further added the Central Railway line project is important for their country and also for other countries that depend the Dar es Salaam port. It would contribut to the nation’s economic growth, paving way to becoming industry-based economy country by 2025.

Magufuli also pledged China would push for fast construction of the line and he vows to move at the speed of 200 km per hour.

source: SRJ