Railroad between Cuamba and Lichinga, in Mozambique, to be rebuilt

27 September 2012

The Mozambican Prime Minister, Aires Ali, is due in October to launch the project for reconstruction of the railway line linking the cities of Cuamba and Lichinga, in Niassa province, northern Mozambique.

A source from the Niassa provincial directorate for Public Works told Macauhub that the launching ceremony of the reconstruction project for the railway line had been due to begin in September last, but had not gone ahead due to the Prime Minister’s schedule.

The railroad between Cuamba and Lichinga, which is 263 kilometres long, is important for the development of Niassa province, as the road between the two cities cannot be used during the rainy season.

The road – National Road 13 – is approximately 300 kilometres long and is also due to be rebuilt as the government is currently seeking potential financiers.

The N13 road also provides a link to the strategic port of Nacala, in Nampula province, also in northern Mozambique.

Over the last 10 years Mozambique has invested heavily in road, port and rail infrastructure.

The Mozambican president recently laid the first stone for construction of the Maputo ring road and the bridge linking the country’s capital to Catembe. Altogether the two projects are expected to cost over US$1 billion. (macauhub)