Ghana’s Parliament on Wednesday summoned the Minister for Transport, Dzifa Ativor to update the House on the renovation of the Accra-Nsawam Railway Line.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro in the Greater Accra Region, Bright Edward Kodzo Demordzi asked the Minister for Transport what the Ministry was doing currently to revamp the Accra-Nsawam Railway Line.
‘Mr Speaker, at my last appearance on the 18th of November, 2014, to answer the same question, I indicated that the Eastern Line and the Boankra Inland Port have been put together as one project. The Eastern Line is from Accra to Kumasi with a branch line to Tema’, the Transport Minister informed the House.
The Minister also said she indicated to the House that the Transport Ministry has engaged Pricewaterhouse Coopers as Transaction Advisers to advise on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) option and to assist in engaging a Private Sector Investor to partner Government to execute the project.
She further added that the Consultant has completed the feasibility study and was putting together the request for proposal for bidding.
Mrs. Ativor also informed the House that basic works continued to be carried out by the Ghana Railway Company Limited to ensure safety of operations on the Line, adding that about 1,195 wooden sleepers and 200 steel sleepers had been changed this year.
The Transport Minister also said that while waiting for the project, the Ministry has taken the initiative to speed up the process of the Accra-Nsawam section of the Line.
She also told the House that in this regard, the Ministry has engaged Team Engineering as consultant to do the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the Accra-Nsawam section of the Line.
‘The FEED and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the Line is nearing completion. This will allow detailed design of the section and prepare it for construction subject to availability of funds’, the Minister informed the House.
Some Members on the Minority side asked follow-up questions which were answered by the Transport Minister.
‘Mr Speaker, the Accra-Nsawam Railway Line provides means of transportation to the people living around that community, especially market women who bring foodstuffs to Accra-Kantamanto station for sale’ the Minister said.