Tanzania will be receiving the first batch of electric trains it ordered to arrive by November 2021 at the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
According to TRC, Tanzania Railways Corporation, 42 electric trains will be on their way coming from Germany and South Korea to halt in Africa.
With this development, the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro section of SGR will soon start operation.
“Earlier, we procured 42 electric locomotives from Germany and South Korea. Once they arrive in November, testing of the SGR section from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro will commence,”
said Dr Leonard Chamuriho, the Works and Transport Minister in charge of the contract signing between TRC and Hyundai Rotem.
DG Masanja Kadogosa was the representative for TRC during the signing of the contract, while
Lee Se-Han, senior manager, stood on behalf of Hyundai Rotem.
The signing of the contract follows Tanzania’s national goal to improve its railroads innovatively, putting in $6.9 billion to reposition its old rail system.
“In every contract that we have signed so far, there is a component that compels the teaching of local experts on maintenance, signals and driving. This will enable our experts to be trained in different areas. We want more local engineers to be competent in all the aspects just like the way we have our own experts operating Air Tanzania,” Kadogosa said appreciating the contractor for taking the initiative to train Tanzanian engineers on how to operate the trains.
He added that 200 engineers and 10 drivers have been selected for the training in South Korea.
“The approach we are using is to allow locals experts to operate in the SGR instead of going for foreign engineers.”
However, construction is yet to be completed by the Turkish firm, Yapi Merkezi. The Works and Transport Minister disclosed that the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro section of the SGR is 92.7 percent complete.
By Elijah Christopher
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