Railways Corporation-URC has embarked on a five year plan to revive the meter gauge
Kateeba, the executive Director, URC, says the US$ 340M plan to revive the meter
gauge railway is funded by the European Union.
He led a
team of URC technical officers to inspect the Jinja Railways station on
Kateeba, they conducted feasibility studies early this year and identified a
contractor to create structural designs for a world class inland container depot
at Port Bell.
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URC owns 1200 cargo containers, which have remained redundant due to lack of a
functional meter gauge system.
Kateeba argues that the rehabilitation of the railway
line will boost both the import and export markets within the East African
He disclosed that members of the URC technical committee are conducting a week
long survey to assess viable sites for the construction of business centers
along the rail line.
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said they have plans of constructing a modern inland container depot in Gulu
district, which will handle containers from both road and rail.
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Kyeyago, the Chairperson of the URC Operations and Technical committee, says they
are negotiating with various factory owners to ensure viable business
opportunities for the revamped rail line.
resolved to revive the Rail line after withdrawing from the Rift Valley
Railways concession held by Qalaa Holdings of Egypt in 2017.
Minister, Matia Kasaijja said they have resolved to end the 25-year concession
after Rift Valley Railways failed to meet parameters like payment of
concession fees, increase freight traffic volumes and turn around Railway operations.