TANZANIA Railway Corporation (TRC) has launched capacity-building training for its executives’ on maintenance and operation ahead of the commissioning of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in February next year.
To sustain the services, TRC Director General, Masanja Kadogosa said, more youth in the corporation will be trained on the operation and maintenance of the SGR railway.
He said that 303 are going to be trained in Information Technology systems, business models, maintenance, marshaling, logistics, operations and safety.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday during an event to kick off the training, he said as civil works on the construction of the 300km Dar es Salaam-Morogoro lot were almost completed, the training was crucial for successful operation.
The training will be conducted by Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) in accordance with the agreement signed between TRC and KORAIL on July 4 this year for capacity building of Tanzanians, who will be tasked with operating railway services once the SGR is completed.
Tanzanians who will be in charge of managing railroad services after the SGR is completed will receive the training from Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL), in accordance with the terms of the agreement signed between TRC and KORAIL on July 4 of this year.
“The training is preparation for the operation of SGR,” he said. “Its infrastructure has been completed by more than 97 per cent for the first lot from Dar es Salaam-Morogoro and by more than 91 per cent for the second lot from Morogoro to Makutopora,”
The operation of a modern train in South Korea is 99.9 per cent safe, according to Mr Kadogosa, “This demonstrates that they have professionals that specialise in all elements of operating SGR,” he added. For this reason, they chose to use KORAIL to teach TRC executives both theories and practices.
Once commissioned for service, the SGR trains, running at an average speed of 160km per hour, will cut the time between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro to about two hours from the current four-hour journey by buses and five hours by train on the old Metre Gauge Railway (MGR).
“We expect until November this year we will have received our rolling stocks and start our operation lane leaving the contractor’s,” he said
He further said that the contractor will continue with trials in accordance with the contract, but once they receive their rolling stock, they will start their tests as required by the Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA).
On his part, KORAIL Project Manager for Operation and Maintenance, Soung Yong Lee appreciates TRC for providing this opportunity to work together.
“Through today’s meeting, we will work with you to ensure successful operations of SGR,” he said.
Construction of the standard gauge railway to link Tanzania with the land-linked neighboring countries is one of the major government’s flagship projects entailed in the Third Five-Year National Development Plan 2021/22 – 2025/26 (FYDP III).
Equally, it will help the country to make optimal use of its strategic geographical location to become a leading regional trade and logistic hub.