12 April 2014

Tanzania: TAZARA Set to Evict Rail Encroachers

HUNDREDS of residents are said to be encroaching on the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) railway's buffer zone and will face eviction following plans by the Authority to reconstruct drainage system.

TAZARA Regional General Manager-Tanzania, Eng. Abdallah Shekimweri, said in Dar es Salaam that encroachment has blocked the drainage next to the railway, causing damage to infrastructure.

"We shall carry out evaluation exercise to establish who has the right to be compensated," he said.

Eng. Shekimweri pointed out that the Authority had suspended its operations since Tuesday between the Dar es Salaam Port and the Yombo Section following two separate incidents at two different locations.

"Flowing water running into the ocean overpowered the drainage and washed away parts of railway formation following heavy rains in the city over the past two weeks," he said. Eng. Shekimweri said the portions of the railway track affected are the routes to and from the Port.

"The Kurasini-Yombo section have been temporarily closed as rescue operations are underway. It is tentatively estimated that the line will remain closed for at least seven days," he said.

Eng. Shekimweri explained that resources required to rectify the situation would include 100 rolls of gabion wire, 15 wagons of boulders, 10 wagons of quarry dust and 20 wagons of sag materials and that some of the quarry products started arriving from Kongolo Quarry in Mbeya on Thursday.

"TAZARA shall endeavour to resolve the problem with the resources available. However, should any assistance from shareholding governments be required, it shall be communicated accordingly," he said.

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