DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities said Friday they have set
aside 18 million U.S. dollars to compensate over 2,000 people
living along the standard gauge railway (SGR) project
Maizo Mgedzi, SGR
Project Manager, said the money will be used to compensate
people whose structures will be demolished to pave way for the
project to be implemented in phases from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza
region and other parts of the East African nation.
He told a workshop
on Tanzania Intermodal and Rail Development Project (TIRP) in
the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that the construction of
the SGR went in tandem with the renovation of the meter gauge
rail (MGR) funded by a 300-million-dollar loan from the World
Mgedzi said land
acquisition was one of the big challenges facing the SGR
project, adding that the amount set for compensation was
projected to increase as the implementation of the project
Construction of the
SGR began in April 2017, with the first phase consisting of a
205-km electric railway line from the port city of Dar es Salaam
to Morogoro in eastern Tanzania.
1.2-billion-dollar line is being built by Turkish firm Yapi
Merkezi and Portuguese firm Mota-Engil, and is expected to be
completed by Nov. 1, 2019.
In March 2018,
Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) identified 2,845 people who
will be compensated as they will leave their areas to pave the
way for the first phase of the SGR project between Dar es Salaam
TRC director general
Masanja Kadogosa said Ardhi University experts had been
contracted to carry out a valuation study in areas where the
2,845 people live.
the residents along the planned railway line and contractors is
very good,” he said.