Rail link between Cuamba and Lichinga, Mozambique, resumes in November

23 August 2016

The rail connection between the cities of Cuamba and Lichinga,in Mozambique’s Niassa province, will resume in November after a break of six years because of the poor state of repair of the track, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The date was given by the manager of the project to recover that section of the Northern Development Corridor (CDN), Carlos Mucave, during a visit last week by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario.

Mucave said the project cost US$100 million, including reconstruction of about 240 kilometres of railway as the previous line was no longer safe for train travel.

The work, carried out by a Portuguese company and partially paid for by Vale Moçambique (US$48 million), will be completed in October, according to the project manager, following which the line will have capacity to transport one million tons of cargo per year.

The contract included construction work of new bridges, removal of landmines, mitigating the effects of erosion and removal of the bushes that had grown over the track in the six years it was out of commission. (macauhub/MZ)