THE Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) has acquired 25 Ballast Hopper Bogie (BHB) brand new wagons worth 4.3bn/- from Ms Hindustan Engineering and Industries in India geared towards improving the central railway line.
The Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, told reporters in Dar es Salaam that the company would also acquire passenger wagons from CIM Company in France by next December.
"This is in line with the Big Results Now programme focused on improving transport sector," noted Dr Mwakyembe during the arrival of the BHB at the Dar es Salaam Port.
The Big Results Now (BRN) initiative is the government's blueprint to oversee the country's transition from the low to middle income economy.
The programme aims at adopting new methods of working under specified timeframe for delivery of the step charge required.
Dr Mwakyembe pointed out that BHB would facilitate the construction of the railway line in order to meet international standard, thus addressing the problem of frequent damages caused by rainwater.
"The company (TRL) has already acquired Tamping Machine from Plasser and Theurer from Australia. The machine was commissioned early this month and it's already on operation," he said.
Dr Mwakyembe said the BRN initiative was aimed at facilitating the company to be able to transport about 3.0 million tonnes by 2016 from 200,000 tonnes per year.
The TRL had frequently suspended its operations since early this year because of the damage caused by heavy rains between March and May. About 60 wagons with a consignment of cement were stranded at Pongwe and Korogwe due to extensive damage in April.
The minister further said TRL was expecting the arrival of a total 34 Break Vans from Lucky Export Company in India, adding that the company would receive brand new 13 locomotives from EMD Company from United States of America by January next year.
"We are grateful to the Ministry of Finance for earmarking the budget to carry out major improvement in the transport sector," said Dr Mwakyembe.
He said the government was planning to provide TRL with more locomotives to reach 50 from 8 locomotives and that the company had already received four locomotives repaired by Malaysianbased SMH Rail Company.