As part of government’s effort to develop a vibrant transport sector to propel socio-economic development, Minister for Railway Development, John Peter Amewu has announced that government has commissioned the construction of a railway line from Manso to Huni Valley.
The Manso to Huni Valley line, according to the Minister, is a new standard gauge line which forms part of the Western Railway line of the country spanning from Takoradi to Kumasi.
Taking his turn at the Ministers’ Press Briefing at the Information Ministry on Wednesday, December 1, under the theme “Revitalizing the railway system for socio economic development”, Mr. Amewu disclosed that the Manso – Huni Valley project is a 78km railway line which is being constructed at a cost of about €500 million.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the good news today is that the government of his excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commenced work on the Manso-Huni Valley section; 78km rail with a contract amount of about €500 million,” he announced.
He further stated that the project which has been awarded to Amandy Holdings is being funded by a credit facility.
According to the minister, government has already paid an amount of about €68 million to the contractor for mobilization works in order to begin this section of the Western line.
He further added that he can confirm that pursuant to the payment of the €68 million, the mobilization works have begun adding that the contractor has already moved to site.
“I am happy to announce that the contractor has already been paid to a mobilization quite close to €68 million for commencement of this section… the contractor has moved to site,” Mr. Amewu told the media.
Mr. Amewu further stated that this project also include the conversion of the dual gauge tracks between Takoradi and Kojokrom from narrow gauge to standard gauge and also a construction of a new standard gauge line from Takoradi section to Takoradi port in order to have a continuous standard gauge connection from the port to the bauxite mine.
Commenting on the Kojokrom to Manso Railway Project which also forms part of the Western line started under the former Minister for Railway Development, Joe Ghartey, the Minister said the project is 72percent complete.
He added that the project is expected to be completed and handed over to government in the second quarter of 2022.