The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Railway Development Authority, Mr Richard Dombo, has disclosed that the Tema-Mpakadan railway line will be completed by June 2020.
Mr Dombo made this assertion during the Authority’s monitoring programme as he led team of engineers from his outfit to visit the project site to ascertain progress of works so far.
The Chief Executive Officer noted that completion of the Tema-Mpakadan Railway line is significant as it marks the beginning of the Accra-Ouagadougou and also augments the president idea of making the railway sector vibrant again.
The 99-kilometre railway line stretches from Tema to Akosombo, with an extention to parts of the Volta Region, and will eventually end at Mpakadan.
Mr Dombo expressed satisfaction with work done so far but expressed concern about the excessively complicated administrative procedures on the part of the Lands Commission which, he said, was delaying the project.
He is of the view that crops and properties must be valued at the same time and not separately for the contractors to be able to finish their work before the deadline date for the project.
“The Railway Development Authority had petitioned the Minister of Railway Development to discuss the issue with the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources fast process of land valuations for the construction of the railway lines”, he added.
On his part, the General Manager of Projects at AFCONS Infrastructure, Mr Udai Veer Singh, said the company was currently having access to 66 kilometres of rail access way it was working on, with work progressing at different stages.
AFCONS Infrastructure Limited, a subsidiary of Shapoorji Pallonji Group, India’s third largest construction company was awarded the contract on July 2, 2018.
“There are places that are levelled and ready for track laying while in other places work is one-third complete,” he said.
Also, work on 36 kilometres stretch out of Tema had been completed, adding that work to Kpong would be.
“80 bridges had been completed with 30 others currently in progress, of which 157 bridges are to be built on the 99-kilometre stretch of railway lines”.
Story By: Hilda Sefarkor Adzokpa/pinkfmonlinegh.com