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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. “

On the other hand, the Governor of Niassa, Arlindo Chilundo, made a relation between the rehabilitation of the line and the increase of the production as well as the capture of more investments for the province.

“This act, on the other hand, energizes our minds and human capacities to fully exploit the 12.3 hectares of arable land we have and also increase the extent of about 42,000 hectares planted and occupied by exotic forest species. It also galvanizes us to intensify the invitation to potential investors to explore about 62 million cubic meters of red granite, about 233.8 million tons of coal and 32.9 million tons of limestone. “

The Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, defended his position, promising to continue to improve the national logistics network. “Here is the play. Responding to national logistics needs. We will continue with more achievements of our national and regional logistics network. “

The discourse of the Government and the CDN resembled that of the community that pointed to the reduction of transportation costs with the use of trucks, which facilitates their activities. It is expected that this line will contribute to the flow of agricultural production from Niassa province to the entire northern region, as well as boost trade between the province and the interland countries.

Like the day of inauguration, on November 5, the first passenger train carrying passengers priced at 100 to 150 meticais departed from Lichinga to Cuamba and on 06 June it was expected to return to the provincial capital. As of December, it is scheduled to circulate four monthly trains, two of which are passenger trains and an equal number of cargo estimated to reach two million tonnes per year.

At the occasion, addressing the population, the Head of State stated that the gesture expressed the Government’s commitment to creating the well-being of the population, while at the same time aiming at boosting the integrated and socio-economic development of the province of Niassa and the North Of Mozambique.

Still for the Head of State, the re-inauguration of the line is yet another reason for Niassa to stop being unknown and forgotten. “Here is the idea that the walk is made by walking. There is a clear idea that development is a process that knocks at the door gradually when we work. With the train at the terminal station of Lichinga, Mozambique is proud of the steps it is taking, the country will feed on unrivaled beans that Niassa produces. “

“The country will enjoy the best potato reno that sprouts from Niassa and finds no competition. With the convoy in Niassa, investors will project with competitive ambition the exploration of Maniamba coal, Sanga limestone, soy, tobacco, sesame and more. With the train at the station of Lichinga, the province should receive products that are not of its manufacture, such as construction material, shrimp and fresh fish from the sea, “said Nyusi reiterating that the reopening of the line removed the major obstacle of development The largest province in Mozambique.

The President of the Republic also added that the Cuamba-Lichinga road will soon be launched in three sections, namely Cuamba-Muita, Muita-Massangulo and Massangulo-Lichinga, stretching some 300 kilomete