Tanzania, April 13 – Tanzania and Rwanda have decided to opt for an electric Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as opposed to a diesel-powered line, seeking to boost the industry and trade in East African region. The two parties agreed that an electric-powered line will reduce the time travel, making travelling quite effective and efficient.
In addition to that, the project would be more environmental friendly, pushing for a better state of atmosphere as well. In the ear where electric cars as well are being preferred to petroleum cars due to their environmental friendly sate, diesel-powered engines could be put on the line in the near future.
The project could see a rapid growth in the economies of the countries linked to it, with reduce transport costs being a fave to the passengers. Few countries in Africa have been able to achieve in such a project, and East Africa would be graced to have the electric line in its territory.
Democratic Republic of Congo that has been a major business partner for both Rwanda and Tanzania could fuel up the trading activities to bolster regional growth with the new infrastructure. Poor infrastructure has been a hindrance to growth in many regions as it slows the pace of development.
The project is expected to kick off in October this year with each country carrying its own cross of financial inclusion to the project to make it successful. The speed of the electric line will be the cutting edge of the infrastructure, bringing the pace needed for growth and development.
Most of Rwanda’s exports and imports pass through Rwanda, making the electric line a big advantage to serve the two countries. This brings a state of competition with Kenya which is looking into futuristic plans to electrify their SGR line. China will be taking charge of the two year deal project.