Mozambique: Reconstruction work on Nacala-Lichinga railroad continues

5 November 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Nov – Three railway stations are to be rebuilt as part of the reconstruction of the Cuamba-Lichinga railroad link, said Fernando Couto, director of management company Corredor de Desenvolvimento do Norte (CDN).

Cited in Friday’s edition of Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Couto said that preparation was underway for reconstruction of the stations to begin, all of which are in Niassa province.

The Cuamba-Lichinga railroad was for many years considered to be politically viable, but recently, both the government and the concession-holder, as well as economic agents in the area consider the infrastructure to also be commercially viable.

The CDN ensures the Nacal-Cuamba-Lichinga link, by train, twice a month and the aim is to run three or four trains per month.

Couto also said that the concession-holder was carrying out work to rebuild the line along the 262 kilometers of line between Cuamba and Lichinga so that the confidence of its users will increase.

“We have 25 wagons being repaired at our workshops in Nampula anf we have some permanently positioned in Cuamba. We want to turn Cuamba into an important point for Nacala’s traffic to Malawi and Lichinga,” Couto added. (macauhub)