Yapi Merkezi conducts successful SGR trials for stakeholders

TANZANIA: THE Turkish construction company, Yapi Merkezi, the primary contractor for Tanzania’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, recently carried out successful train trials for key stakeholders.

The exclusive event included ambassadors, bankers, subcontractors, diplomats, government officials, and other crucial partners who have supported the project’s progress.

The Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) has entrusted Yapi Merkezi Insaat ve Sanayi Anonim Sirketi with the task of designing and constructing the SGR line.

The extensive project covers routes from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro (205 km), Morogoro to Makutupora (336 km) and Makutupora to Tabora (294 km), running parallel to the existing railway.

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The event marks a significant milestone in Tanzania’s transportation development. Under the guidance of the TRC, the SGR project signifies a major leap forward in the nation’s railway infrastructure.

Mr Mehmet Firat, Chief Project Manager at Yapi Merkezi, highlighted the project’s progress, stating, “The construction of this monumental project is being carried out in two key phases. The first phase connects Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, followed by the second phase from Tabora to Kigoma.”

“This trial is the culmination of years of dedicated effort by our team and partners. We are confident that the SGR will deliver extraordinary benefits to Tanzania, boosting connectivity, stimulating economic growth, and enhancing the quality of life for millions,” said Mr Firat.

With the official inauguration of SGR services set for July 2024, Yapi Merkezi invited stakeholders to experience the modern train on the SGR segment from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro. This trial run showcased the significant advancements in Tanzania’s railway system.

Speaking on behalf of the ambassadors, Dr Mehmet Güllüoğlu, the Ambassador of Turkiye in Tanzania said “this is a historic moment in Tanzania’s history.

We are honored to witness it and commend the Tanzanian government for their exceptional work. The journey was impressive, and we are thrilled with the quality of the train and the services, signaling a new era in Tanzania’s transportation sector.”

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