Rehabilitation On Otjiwarongo-Tsumeb Railway Line On Track

The rehabilitation and upgrading of the railway line between Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb by DampM Rail Construction company is on track.

Otjozondjupa governor Samuel Nuuyoma toured a 15-kilometres section of the railway line under rehabilitation between Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb to see progress on Tuesday.

Work on this line between the Kranzberg railway station in the Erongo Region, Otjiwarongo in Otjozondjupa, and Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region began in January last year.

“I am happy with the progress made so far,” Nuuyoma said after the tour.

He said the business community transporting goods between the coastal towns and the northern parts of Namibia as well as into neighbouring Angola, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe should consider utilising railway transport once rehabilitations on this section is completed.

The governor furthermore discouraged the use of trucks when transporting goods, saying motor vehicle accidents have increased on national roads due to many heavily loaded trucks.

The lifespan of national roads has also dwindled because of the high volumes of these trucks.

Meanwhile, DampM Rail Construction site agent, Leon Steyn, told Nampa on Tuesday that his team completes about 220 metres to 250 metres a day.

“This is good progress, and we are all happy so far,” he said.

Steyn added that DampM Rail Construction was sub-contracted by TransNamib in 2013 to rehabilitate and upgrade the railway line between Kranzberg, Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb.


Source : The Namibian