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Eritrea to spend 30 Million on Railway Construction

Eritrea to spend 30 Million on Railway Construction 

Madote News
Source: Shabait

April 27, 2011 (ERITREA) –  In a nationwide symposiums of state officials held recently, the head of railway transportation, Mr. Amanuel Gebreselasie disclosed Eritrea will allocate 460 million Nakfa (30.6 million USD) over the next five years to modernize and expand it's railroad facilities. Mr. Gebreselasie indicated a total of 50 km (31 miles) of new railway line will be constructed during this period; along with purchasing new trains and carriages that will be used in transporting 850,000 tons of goods annually.

The Director General of Maritime transportation, Mr. Ghebremedhin Habte, on his part elaborated modern facilitating equipments such as harbor cranes, mobile cranes, shore cranes, bagging machines, forklifts,  and tugboats have been added over the years. Moreover, Mr. Habte indicated over the last 20 years, modern airport terminals, the Hirgigo oil jetty and a new cement factory were constructed; and concluded by stating the master plan for Massawa's port has been finalized.

It is to be recalled, since independence, the Government has spent 1.4 Billion Nakfa (around 100 million USD) towards upgrading Massawa and Assab ports.

The following images are of Eritrean trains and railways courtesy of railway enthusiasts Mads Dybvad

Eritrean Train + Sun Rise - Photo: Mads Dybvad
Eritrean Train Near Massawa - Photo: Mads Dybvad
Eritrean Train Near Massawa - Photo: Mads Dybvad







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8 comments:

  1. Way to go Eritrea!

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  2. I Love Adi...... way to go indeed

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  3. Eritrea's literally back on track! Keep building those train tracks! It's our time to shine!

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  4. It's important to invest in areas that will generate good money immediately and use that money to expand further on other sectors. Africa's main problems are always investing in sectors that do not generate money right away, and in the meantime they spend so much money in areas that makes the regimes look good, but have very little benefit for the people or projects with no potential to generate a return. Train tracks are important for Eritrea as a country, but would those little cars going to last twenty years from now? Wouldn't it be better to upgrade the size of tracks and the capacities of the trains to be purchased? It seems the Eritrean regime is going for the 1940s level of need with the little trains.

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  5. I would think they are going to be built in a way that will be sustainable given the comment

    "to modernize and expand it's railroad facilities. Mr. Gebreselasie indicated a total of 50 km (31 miles) of new railway line will be constructed during this period; along with purchasing new trains and carriages that will be used in transporting 850,000 tons of goods annually."

    Expanding its railroad facilities may entail upgrading the size of the track and the comment above mentions increasing the capacities of the train. We don't know the details behind the project but it obvious will ease the flow of goods moving from one end of the country to the next. This will be a benefit to all and is only a step forward and not backward as you may think.

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  6. I know money is very tight, but I say give Asmara a face lift ASAP. The historical buildings are rotting away and it's breaking my heart, and it would be a difficult task to restore them once they get worse. Asmara is more than just a capital city, the historical buildings are one of the best tourism potential and will help Eritrea to generate a huge income. I'm actually trying to come up with the idea of raising money for that purpose and I don't know where to start though? I'm 24 years old and grow up in Europe, so I don't have that much information as where to begin and whom to contact...

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  7. Africa is the future!Many countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana and Eritrea are coming up and up! As a Nigerian I am proud of my people-KUDOS ERITREANS AND ONE LOVE!

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  8. Building engineer studentJune 17, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    You who weote: 30 april 2011!!
    I totally agree with you hawej! I am a 22year old and are studdying to become a building engineer. I love you plan, i have to thought of this and recently i was in asmara and took a loong day just to take a city walk and photo the buildings. Holla at me and we shall discuss this more!!

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