Completion of civil works for the first light rail system in Ethiopia is expected this year, according to the Chinese Railway Engineering Corporation, the contractor for the project.
Construction of the light rail transit system, which will cover a total of 34 kilometers with two major lines, began in January 2012. It was expected to be completed within three years. The timetable was put in question when the project faced a number of difficulties, particularly associated with issues of right of way.
The Ethiopian Railway Corporation says securing rights of way has made progress, and 43% of the overall project has now been completed.
The ERC hopes to start the electromechanical element of the project this year once the civil engineering work is finished.
The budget for the light rail transit system is set at US$475 million, of which 85% percent is provided by loans secured from the Chinese Exim Bank.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs