By Emmanuel Onyango
THE government said today that plans are underway to upgrade and revive railway transport services in the southern parts of the country linking Tanga, Moshi and Arusha to the north from Dar es Salaam to a standard gauge.
Premier Kassim Majaliwa said the move would boost transportation of passengers as well as coalmines from Mchuchuma and Liganga for industrial processing.
He was responding to an impromptu question directed to him by Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) f legislator or Lushoto Shabani Omari Shekilindo who wanted to know plans by the government to construct Standard Gauge Railway line (SGR) in the southern part of the country connecting Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Moshi and Arusha regions.
“We have plans to modernise all railway lines in the country including those lying in the east-northern part whose detailed feasibility design has already been accomplished and is awaiting funds availability,” he said.
The move, the premier said would improve transportation of passengers and goods to factories and other industrial commodities in the regions.
The renovation and improvement of the railway lines which were first built during Germany colonial rule in 1918 have linkages aimed at boosting the country’s industrial agenda while also serving the neighbouring Kenya.