The construction works on the approximately 97.6 Kilometer Tema-Akosombo railway line, which is a part of the Tema-Mpakadan railway line under the Ghana-Burkina interconnectivity railways project, is reportedly 70% complete.
This was revealed by the Ghana Railway Development Authority which is under the Ministry of Railways Development during a monitoring and verification visit to the railway construction sites. Apparently 93 Kilometers of formation just below the subgrade level has been done, 65 kilometers of Skelton Tracks laid, and 138 out of the planned 156 structure culverts and bridges completed.
On the Volta Lake, where a 300-meter rail bridge at Ogoli near Juapong in the North Tongu District is currently under construction, some 18 out of 30 pile foundations have been completed and a few others are being worked on.
Additionally, 200,000 steel-reinforced concrete sleepers, which were produced in the West African country, have been cast and many others are underway.
As part of the remaining bit of the project, some stations will be constructed, including a freight terminal at Tema Harbour to facilitate the transportation of goods inland.
The project, according to Maame Yaa Agyaa Ayensu, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Ghana Railway Development Authority, is 70 percent freight and 30 percent passenger.
The completion date of the project
The project, which broke grounds about three years ago, was initially scheduled to be complete by August this year but it was delayed unfortunately due to some unexpected challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr. Gupta Asim, the Head of Legal affairs for AFCONS Infrastructure Limited, the company undertaking the construction works of the railway line, said that with the progress of the work so far, the project could be completed as early as March 2021.
Upon completion, the project is largely expected to go a long way to accelerate the country’s socio-economic growth.
Source: Construction Review Online