Tanzania: SGR Trials Start July, Govt Rubbishes Cargo Plane Report

THE government has said that the first trial of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro will begin in July this year.

Government Chief Spokesperson Gerson Msigwa announced this in Dodoma on Wednesday during a media briefing, explaining the reason behind the delay for the trials to start operation.

“The difficulties the locomotive manufacturer like spare parts from Canada was facing, prevented the tests from beginning in May of this year as planned earlier,” he said.

The test commission has been rescheduled to July, according to Msigwa. “The government was not lying to Tanzanians when it maintained it would conduct tests in May; it was unable to do so owing to circumstances beyond its control.”

He went on to say that the German manufacturer of two locomotives relies on spare parts from Canada and has been delayed in receiving them for a variety of reasons, including the global economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 and the war between Ukraine and Russia.

According to Mr Msigwa, the locomotive will now arrive in July this year and the first tests of the SGR train will take place that month.

The spokesperson, said 14 of the 59 wagons manufactured in Korea have already arrived in the country, and 45 more are on their way.

Additionally, six of the 30 German wagons have been modified by 85 per cent. They are scheduled to arrive in the nation on June 2-3 of this year.

Meanwhile, the government has dismissed rumours circulated by the myflight.com website that the New Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) cargo plane has been spotted at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).