Government has shortlisted some Nine firms to submit detailed Technical and Financial proposals for the development of the Central Spine Railway Line from Kumasi to Paga by the end of March, 2018 for further evaluation.
This was revealed by the Minister for Railways, Joe Ghartey, when he appeared before Parliament on Friday to provide answers to some questions pertaining to his Ministry.
According to him, his Ministry and it’s implementing agencies are striving hard to go through the necessary due processes to ensure the realization of the 595 km Greenfield project which will be running from Kumasi, through Tamale to Paga.
The overall objective of this project is to develop a railway corridor between Kumasi and Paga to improve rail and logistics infrastructure, as part of an integrated transport network in Ghana.
The project also seeks to improve rail transport services for passenger and freight thereby, reducing the cost of transportation, especially, in trade to and from the Hinterland and the Northern regions of Ghana, as well as to Burkinafaso and other Sahelian countries.
The project which is also known in the Ghana Railways Master Plan as “Central Spine Expansion”, forms part of the development of the railway network expansion programme in the country.
The Railway Minister, Joe Ghartey, informed Parliament that government had already selected a consortium of firms led by Messrs Vision Consult Limited of Ghana, in partnership with, Messrs Gauff Ingenieure of Germany and Messrs ILF Consulting Engineers of Germany, after which a contract was signed in December 2017.
The feasibility studies which officially commenced with a kick-off meeting in January this year is expected to be completed within a six calendar month period.
However, the Railway Minister has indicated that, “a concurrent procurement process has also been initiated to engage a Transaction Adviser to procure a private sector investor to develop the Central Spine railway line after the Feasibility Studies is completed.”
Source: Clement Akoloh/afriwakeradio.com