NEWS- President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa has launched the rehabilitation of the Tororo-Gulu Railway line and establishment of Gulu logistics Hub in Gulu City.
The function took place on Saturday October 24th 2020, in Gulu City where the President noted that the railway will significantly reduce the cost of transport thus impacting on commodity prices.
It’s estimated that on average hauling a 40 feet container of goods by road from Mombasa Port to Kampala cost UD 3600 dollars while by rail it costs US 1800 dollars and logistics cost account for about 50% increase of the value of goods and services in Uganda
“Railway transport is cheap and carries bulk goods which will also save our roads from wear and tear” President Museveni said.
It’s estimated that when the rehabilitation is complete, the railway line will benefit communities in Northern Uganda, South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
In October 2018, the European Union and the Ugandan Government signed the financing agreement for the grant to rehabilitate the 375km line that ceased operations nearly two decades ago.
The railway line cuts across seven districts and according Patrick Kinyera, the Gulu secretary for works, said the rehabilitation would boost economic development.
The logistics hub is located on a 54 acres piece of land in Layibi Division in Gulu Municipality and the land was allocated by the Uganda Railway Corporation and the project funded by the European Union together with United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) through Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA).
The project is estimated to cost US 29 million dollars which is equivalent to Ugx 107.3 billion and the hub is designed as a dry port with both rail and truck terminals.
When completed it will contain warehouses, container terminals and general lifting equipments.
The facility shall be offering handling and storage services, space for stakeholders dealing with freight transport; freight forwarders, shippers and transport operators and accompanying services such as customs inspections, tax payment, maintenance and repair, banking and information communication technology.
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