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ZRL to embark on inter-mine line

NKWETO MFULA, Chingola
ZAMBIA Railways Limited (ZRL) says it will construct a depot at Nchanga railway station in Chingola for shipping copper from mining companies in North-Western Province using inter-mine railway line.
ZRL managing director Muyenga Atanga said the target for completion of the Nchanga station depot is expected in the first quarter of next year.
“We are targeting May 2015, for the construction of a depot at Nchanga railway station.
We want to be moving copper coming from North-Western Province using rail line after it is ferried by road to Chingola,” Professor Atanga said.
Prof Atanga said this is a speech read on his behalf by ZRL director of freight service Vyonsi Manda during the Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church golf fund-raising tournament at Nchanga Golf Club.
He said the allocation of US$20 million to the development of railway infrastructure has resulted in revamping of the inter-mine railway system which was abandoned by the investor.
“The inter-mine railway line interconnection from Nchanga station to Kitwe has been rehabilitated while for Chililabombwe to Nchanga, the facility is being worked on,” he said.
He said when the inter-mine facility is fully revamped, goods currently being ferried by road will be moved by the railway system.
Prof Atanga said Nchanga station will be turned into a hub of the inter-model railway system in the transportation of copper and other bulk commodities.
“Transporting copper using roads damages the infrastructure, which is costly to Government,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pro Atanga also said apart from ZRL operating in Malawi on the Nacala Corridor, the company is now operating in Democratic Republic of Congo from Sakanya to Lubumbashi.
At the same function, ZRL spokesperson Benson Ngula said despite limited resources, the company will support activities meant to uplift living standards through its corporate social responsibility.
St Peter and Paul Catholic Church priest Denis Muchinguzi commended the company for sponsoring the tournament to raise money for the construction of a school for the vulnerable in society.


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