Construction Of Ghana’s Eastern Railway Lines To Commence Soon – Joe Ghartey

Minister for Railway Development, Joe Ghartey has reiterated his ministry’s assurance in ensuring that the construction of the eastern rail line commences this year. According to him, they are doing all they can to select a qualified company to begin the construction before the year ends.

“We are working hard to ensure that construction of a new Eastern Railway Line commences this year,” he told Spicefmonline.

The Minister said this at the sidelines of a short ceremony to open the responses to the ‘Request for Qualification’ that had been received from companies expressing interest in the construction of the Eastern Railway Lines. This follows a successful opening of responses for the construction of the Ghana-Burkina Rail line, yesterday.

The Eastern Line is from Accra – Tema to Kumasi when completed, the Tema ports will be complemented by the Boankra dry port at Kumasi.

The Eastern Railway project is part of the Ghana Railway Development Authority’s railway master plan.

This programme of works, which will unfold in six stages, is intended to modernize the country’s network and add another 4,000km to its length.

According to the Minister, the project is going to be on a ‘Build, Operate, and Transfer’ (BOT) basis.

“Today, we opened the responses to the Request for Qualification that had been issued to various companies who had been shortlisted after expressing interest in the construction of the Eastern Line on a BOT basis.”

He added “we received fifteen (15) responses from various countries including USA, France, Germany, China and Ghana. Their documentation will be evaluated, and those who are shortlisted will be invited to take part in the last stage of the procurement process and to present proposals.”

Kojo Ennimil Arthur | |Ghana