Business
Bid documents for Kampala - Malaba standard gauge railway ready
Publish Date: Aug 01, 2014
Bid documents for Kampala - Malaba standard gauge railway ready
A section along Jinja Kampala railway line showing one of the switches that are for changing tracks. Photo by Abu Mwesigwa
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By John Odyek

Bid documents for the construction of the 238km Malaba - Kampala Standard Gauge Railway (Phase 1) have been approved by the contracts committee of the ministry of works. 

State minister for works Eng. John Byabagambi said the documents will soon be published to attract bids for the construction of the railway line estimated at sh4.4trillion. The cost excludes land compensation and resettlement costs. 

The Environmental and Social Management and Monitoring Plan (ESMMP) is estimated at sh3.8b for environmental impacts and mitigation measures.

“Construction is expected to begin in October. We are looking at two mechanisms for financing the construction. The first one is Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) where any company can put in their bids including the Chinese. The other is Africa50 Infrastructure Fund of the African Development Bank,” Byabagambi said.

EPC is a prominent form of contracting agreement where the contractor carries out the detailed engineering design of the project, procures all the equipment and materials necessary and then constracts to deliver a functioning facility to the client.  The EPC contractor has to execute and deliver the project within an agreed time and budget. 

Africa50 aims at mobilizing private financing to accelerate the speed of infrastructure delivery in Africa. It’s critical objective is to shorten the time between project idea and financial close from a current average of 7 years to under 3 years.

The engineering design consultants said a high speed passenger train travelling on this route from 2018 onwards at a speed of 120km/h is expected to race from Malaba to Kampala in two hours. The design speed for cargo is estimated at between 80km/h (normal freight) to 100km/h (containerized freight).

The existing Kampala to Malaba railway line is in a poor condition and a train can only be operated at low snail speed of 65km/h on it.

According to the consultants only 25% of the proposed new route is close to the existing route, the closest being 30 to 40 meters from the existing lines. It will have key new stations at Malaba, Tororo, Jinja and Kampala and other towns. 

But government has plans underway to develop a metro train for Kampala city to ease traffic congestion.

In 2012 government contracted H.P Gauff Ingenieure GmbH in association with ILF Consulting Engineers and International Development Consultants to do a preliminary engineering design of the Malaba to Kampala standard gauge railway. 

The draft final report was launched in Kampala last week. The next phase of the project involves getting the contractor to undertake detailed engineering designs and construction. The government is expected to undertake land compensation and resettlement of people along the proposed new lines.

The project is part of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects regional initiative to develop and operate a new, modern high capacity railway system jointly with Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan. The proposed regional railway will run from Mombasa through Nairobi to Kampala, Kigali and Juba.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
MTN changes loading, checking balance codes
In an effort to improve the user experience of our customers, MTN has implemented the standard industry codes for loading airtime and checking balance for all Mobile voice customers in Uganda....
Seven tips every startup needs to follow in 2015
Did you know that in 2014 the world hit 52% of its entrepreneurial capacity? That’s according to the Global Entrepreneurship Index, which hosted last year’s 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco....
Shilling slide expected to go on
The Uganda shilling dropped close to 1% against the dollar in the week, trading a few points off the record level of 2905 closing 2885/95 compared to the previous level 2865/75....
Look out for opportunities, Museveni tells youth
President Museveni calls Ugandan youth to have initiative and also take advantage of the available opportunities in the various sectors of the economy....
Mbale Municipality closes over 50 sub-standard schools
Mbale Municipality on Thursday closed over 50 schools for operating below the minimum required standards...
President should address UNATU, ministry feud over SACCO money
The National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) has called for the president’s intervention in the ongoing standoff between the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) and the ministry of education over shs25b meant for teachers’ SACCOs...
Do you think government is doing enough to contain the typhoid out break?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter