Ghana, India seal $419 million rail deal
London, Oct. 13, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Ghana Railways Development Authority (GRDA) and Afcons Infrastructure Limited of India, have signed a $419 million railways development contract.
The rail deal is for the construction of a 51 kilometres standard gauge railway line from Eduadin to Obuasi in the Ashanti Region
Aside the new rail deal, Afcons Infrastructure Limited, is also constructing the Tema-Mpakadan rail line which forms part of the Ghana Railway Masterplan
The project is expected to be completed within 36 months from the date of commencement.
Speaking shortly after signing the contract on behalf of GRDA and the Government of Ghana, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GRDA, Richard Dombo, said based on the great work Afcons Infrastructure Limited has done on the Tema-Mpakadan rail line, it was not difficult for Government to award them the contract.
Giving the scope of the contract, he stated that there will be the construction of 64 freight wagons, construction of six railway stations, construction of pedestrian footbridges, among others.
He stated that “We are building modern railway lines.”
Minister for Railways Development, Joe Ghartey, who witnessed the signing ceremony, said, the deal will be sent to Parliament for approval.
Vice President of AfCons Infrastructure Limited, U v Singh, thanked the Government of Ghana for once again reposing trust in the company.
He assured the Government and people of Ghana that Afcons will deliver to expectation, saying railways will be the game-changer for Ghana’s economic development.