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The President of the Republic, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, reopened on Thursday, 03/11, the Cuamba-Lichinga railway line, in the province of Niassa, operated by the Northern Development Corridor, CDN. The event that was attended by members of the central and provincial governments marked the end of 6 years without the circulation of train in that province.
The re-inauguration of the Cuamba-Lichinga line was marked by a train departure from Lichinga station to Chimbonila Level Crossing, 14km from the capital city. On his return to the station he found a euphoric crowd.
The railway line from Cuamba to Lichinga, with a length of 262 km, with a capacity of 16.5 tons / axle and involving 450 workers from June 2014 to November 2016, was budgeted at 100 million US dollars .
The rehabilitation of this work included the placement of metal sleepers, as well as the construction of new bridges, demining, mitigation of the effects of erosion and deforestation. For the President of the Republic, with all this work, one of the serious obstacles to the development of what is the largest province in our country is removed.
President Filipe Nyusi began his re-inauguration address by saying: “The long-awaited Cuamba-Lichinga line is operational here. Here is the modern infrastructure with potential to raise the socio-economic development of Niassa and the northern region of Mozambique. Here is the other release. Here is less of a reason why Niassa remains unknown and forgotten. “
Renato Torres, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CDN, also highlighted the importance of this infrastructure for the process of construction of development of the north region where the Port of Nacala is still located.
According to Renato Torres, this line “is part of the concession area that the Government of Mozambique has ceded to the Northern Development Corridor which, in addition to the Ferroviário de Norte system, is part of the important port of General Cargo in Nacala. The uniqueness of the northern iron-port system is a sine qua non for the success of this project and the consequent growth of the region. “