Reconstruction of railways to begin this year – Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has announced that reconstruction of the railway system in the country will begin this year.

He said the reconstruction will target mainly the Eastern and Western corridor rail lines.

The Eastern line, according to the President, will particularly be tied in with the Boankra Inland Port, which is supposed to serve the middle belt, the northern parts of the country as well as Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.

Ghana’s rail system was currently in a mess and as of now, about 90 to 95 percent of all cargo internally was carried by road.

Addressing a press conference at the Flagstaff House Tuesday morning to mark his one year in office, President Mahama said the situation was not acceptable.

He noted that for any country that intends to develop, the railways was very important and “we cannot continue to carry all cargo by road”.

“It is my hope that this year we cut sod for the beginning of the reconstruction of the railways in this country”.

The President maintained that It was difficult to enforce the load limit on the roads because people have to convey containers.

“… if you have to convey containers and there is a machine in the container that is heavier than the load limit, are you going to cut the machine in half and put half aside, you cannot do that.

And so when these cargoes are carried on the roads they destroy the roads”

The President said the main railways being targeted were the Western and Eastern corridor rail lines.

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