Govt in Harare-Lusaka rail feasibility study

Source: Govt in Harare-Lusaka rail feasibility study – Sunday News  June 12, 2016

Munyaradzi Musiiwa, Midlands Correspondent
THE Government is conducting feasibility studies on the construction of a railway line which will link Harare and Lusaka, Zambia through Kariba to improve trade and connectivity between the two countries, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo has said.

In an interview, Dr Gumbo said the Government had plans of modernising its rail system and the construction of the railway line and another linking Harare and Nakala Port in Mozambique through Mashonaland Central were also part of that programme.

Dr Gumbo said the Government had plans of constructing another railway line linking Hwange, Sengwa in Gokwe and Harare to enable coal mining projects and expected Dangote projects to utilise the railway line. Nigerian billionaire Mr Aliko Dangote has expressed interest in investing in coal mining and cement manufacturing sectors whose products need rail transport.

“We are conducting feasibility studies on the construction of a railway line linking Harare and Lusaka in Zambia passing through Kariba and Lions Den. This is the shortest route linking the two capitals and it will help enhance business as the Government seeks to increase and improve the region’s railway interrelations.

“We also have plans of constructing 865 kilometres of railway line linking Harare and Nakala in Mozambique. This is so because Beira is now overcrowded and we would want to start utilising Nakala Port to avoid delays in delivering goods that are transported through the sea,” he said.

During his tour of companies in the Midlands Province early this month, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the country required more than $6 billion for upgrading and mordernising its rail gauge. VP Mnangagwa said there was a need to mordenise the rail gauge adding that the Government had plans of constructing a railway line linking Harare and Beira through Mashonaland Central Province.

“We have a system of railway line which is colonial but now we need to integrate our rail gauge so that it interrelates with countries in the region such as South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique. We have a research committee to work out the interrelations of the rail gauge. “Also we are behind in terms of the type of locomotives that we are using locally so to spend about $6 billion for the infrastructure and mordenise our railway line, we need a railway line from Harare to Beira through Mashonaland Central about 865km. These are some of the programmes we are having to mordenise the railway line for.

“We are targeting to put tarmac on over 4 000km of road. Some roads are going to be widened while some would be dualised.

This will improve the road networking and enhance business and make sure we catch up with other countries in the region,” he said.


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    Arthur 6 years ago

    We can’t even make our own railway work. This is just a joke or an attempt to get some kickbacks using donor funds.


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    Mazano Rewayi 6 years ago

    Grand ideas of cause, especially for a country appealing for food aid! But notice no mention of the SADC transport corridors initiative nor the Zambia-Mozambique-Malawi Growth Triangle upon which such initiatives can ride on as part of the regional integration alluded to by the minister. Then, what’s this nonsense of going to Beira through Mash Central (repeated twice)? Surely, the reporter can check on the map!! Is the minister misquoted or is he not adequately informed? Either way, the media needs to be more serious and officials can be more knowledgeable than this.

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    Money zie 6 years ago

    Is it a religion to always downplay what is said or attempted in Zim?

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    IAN SMITH 6 years ago