Maputo, Mozambique, 29 September – Mozambican state rail and port company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) plans to introduce a passenger service between the city of Maputo and the town of Salamanga, also in Maputo province, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.
The newspaper cited a source from the company as saying that this project aimed to make the Salamanga railroad profitable as, from 2012, it will operate as the main distribution route for the cement produced in that region of Maputo province and will also transport limestone from Maputo to the Matola cement factory.
The Salamanga railroad, which is currently being repaired, is 54 kilometres long and passes through several highly populated areas of Maputo province, such as Machava and Boane, which is why the company believes that introducing a passenger service could be a benefit to several residential communities along the railroad.
Meanwhile in Salamanga construction of a new cement plant is underway, a project that involves Mozambican and Chinese investment worth US$72 million, of which US$58 million will be invested in building the factory and the remainder on exploration of a limestone quarry in the area.
The investments in repairing the Salamanga line, which are due to be finished by July 2012were approved with the aim of safely transporting cement and limestone, as the line currently has a capacity of 600,000 tons of cargo per year, although the trains cannot travel at a speed of more than 17 kilometres per hour.
After repair work is finished, the line will have a capacity of 3.4 million tons of cargo per year, with trains travelling at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour, which will reduce total journey time from three and half hours to an hour and twenty minutes. (macauhub)