Friday, February 5, 2010
APA-Lilongwe (Malawi) Malawi’s Central and Eastern African Railways (CEAR) Director of Marketing and Commercial Services, Wilfred Ali, on Friday said that the construction of the Mchinji railroad from central western Malawi into Chipata in eastern Zambia will be completed before the end of February this year.
He said on arrival from Zambia where he attended a meeting on the Nacala Development Corridor that 95 percent of construction works on both the railway line and the station terminal building have been completed.
"Shipping of goods going from and to these two countries will start as soon as this rail construction has been completed," he said.
He therefore bemoaned vandalism on the railway line as the greatest challenge in the development of the Nacala Corridor, which includes the Mchinji-Chipata railway, and connects to the Indian Ocean port of Nacala in Mozambique.
The rail project was a major economic target for both Zambia and Malawi because it would reduce the costs of transportation, he added.