Rehabilitation works on the Accra-Nsawam Passenger and Light Rail Service will be completed in December, this year.


Mr Joe Ghartey, Minister for Railway Development, made this known in Parliament, yesterday, in response to a question posed by Hon.  Frank Anno-Dompreh on the extent of progress made in the Ministry's bid to revamp the Accra-Nsawam railway line.


Hon. Ghartey explained that the contract which was signed on December 20, 2017 and was expected to be executed in seven months would have to be extended due to unforeseen circumstances.


He said the deteriorated state of some sections of the railway line, such as between the Accra Central Station, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and the Graphic Road was the result of human activity.


In spite of these challenges, he said, significant progress had been made with the restoration of soil stabilization and formation, while ballas opening was ongoing and negotiations with subcontractors who would undertake specialized work such as construction of bridges and culverts and alignment by permanent way specialists were far advanced.


Mr Ghartey disclosed that these works had contributed to the revival of the Ghana Railways Company Limited, which had engaged some 300 young people as permanent way workers.


He said the total workforce from Accra to Nsawam was 320, comprising of 305 permanent way workers and 15 engineers as supervisors.


Source: ISD (Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah)

Created: 19 July 2018
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