Uganda Railways Corporation has received 20 refurbished flatbed wagons which will be used to revive the Kampala-Dar-es-Salaam route.
The wagons were refurbished by a Ugandan company; MOFR Engineering Solutions Ltd at a cost of just over one billion Shillings provided by the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency.
Works and Transport Minister, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala said they aim to increase railway cargo transportation from the current 40,000 to 200,000 tons a year in at least two years because currently, about 90 per cent of the cargo destined to and through Uganda is moved on the road, the most expensive means of transport, both to the business community and to the government in the form of infrastructure maintenance.
Gen. Katumba speaking……
Gen. Katumba also said that currently, they are implementing plans to increase the capacity of water transport between Mwanza in Tanzania, and Kampala and Jinja because, without that, the railway line from the coast to Lake Victoria will be meaningless. END