RAHCO clears rail reserve as court injunctions expire

RELI Assets Holding Company (RAHCO) yesterday demolished the remaining buildings within the railway line reserve areas from Dar es Salaam city centre to Pugu, which had earlier been skipped due to court injunctions.

Speaking to the Sunday News in the city yesterday, RAHCO Public Relations Manager, Ms Catherine Moshi, said they have been carrying out the exercise since early this month, among other reasons to give way for the construction of a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line.

The Sunday News witnessed the demolition being carried out under tight security at Kamata area and Gapco Service Station was one of the premises brought down.

We could not demolish them earlier when we carried out the exercise as there were court injunctions. The stop orders were effective six months from July, last year and owners did not file new ones that gives us authority to continue with the exercise, she explained.

She said that the exercise will take three to four days due to shortage of demolishing equipment and sensitivity in demolishing storey buildings. Last week, between 250 and 300 houses, mostly kiosks were demolished along the railway line to pave the way for construction of the Standard Gauge line.

A consortium of Turkish and Portugal companies won the tender to construct the first phase of the countrys SGR from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, a stretch of some 205km,beating 39 other bidders after meeting both technical and financial criteria for implementation of the project.

The SGR is part of a 1,216km stretch that will eventually link Dar es Salaam with the rest of the country as well as with Rwanda and Burundi. The government allocated 1tri/- (about $450 million) during the 2016/17 financial year.

The planned SGR line is expected to improve regional trade links and help boost the economy in Tanzania and the landlocked neighbouring countries.

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