The Ministry for Railway Building says it’s assured that the Tema-Mpakadan railway line shall be finished by way of the top of 2022.
The development of the 97.6-kilometre rail line has, since development started witnessed a number of setbacks together with the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020.
The undertaking starts from Tema within the Higher Accra Area, via Afienya, North Tongu District within the Volta Area and ends at Mpakadan, a couple of kilometres from Akosombo.
Addressing the media after analyzing the Volta Rail Bridge, Sector Minister, John-Peter Amewu mentioned in spite of the lengthen in its of entirety, paintings at the undertaking is ongoing in earnest.
“We’re hoping that by way of the top of the 12 months, we must be seeing a sensible of entirety. What we intend to do is to acquire two slightly used [trains] to ply between Tema and Mpakadan for passengers.”
“We’re acutely aware of the heavy visitors between Afienya and Tema and so if we’re ready to position the ones automobiles at the monitor, it’s going to take that drive off the street and make commuters relaxed. We’re operating against that, and it is going to be accomplished in a while”, the Minister confident.
The Tema-Mpakadan rail line is a part of the 1,000km Ghana-Burkina Faso Railway Interconnectivity Undertaking which can hyperlink Ghana from Tema to Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.
The 2 international locations signed a Memorandum of Working out (MoU) in January 2017 in Ouagadougou to kick-start the undertaking.
Consistent with the plan, some 800km of the railway line shall be in Ghana’s territory, whilst the rest 200km shall be on Burkinabe soil.
In December 2019, the then Railways Minister, Joe Ghartey disclosed that 28 kilometres of monitor were laid, with the contractor assuring that 40 extra kilometres of the monitor can be finished by way of the top of this 12 months.
The undertaking, when finished, shall be a contemporary, usual gauge rail line.
Then again, in August 2021, citizens of Apegusu and Mpakadan each within the Asuogyaman District of the Japanese Area, known as at the executive to return to their help over what they thought to be as a blatant fail to remember in their wishes by way of contractors endeavor the Tema – Mpakadan Railway Undertaking.
Citizens of the 2 communities claimed their structures, and resources of ingesting water amongst others had been adversely affected following the consistent blasting of rocks there, but the contractors have failed to deal with virtually all their issues together with fee of reimbursement.