Early Rains May Not Allow Contractors Finish the Railway Guage In December
The Rainy season may cause a set back in the completion of the Lagos- Ibadan railway project.
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The project which is supposed to be completed by December is being threatened by the rainy season even though there are noticeable progress in the work being done.
This was made known by the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi yesterday during a meeting between Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC and the Project Steering Committee.
According to him, “The rain will be a major setback on the plans. The CCECC is the company that has to find the engineering solution to this. But whether they find a solution or not, the element cannot be ignored. That’s why I advised that they should work day and night to achieve the set goals.”
He also revealed that, “the contractor would begin the laying of the track on the new line next month, and was optimistic that the December delivery date for the $1.5bn standard gauge rail line was feasible.”
In his words, “a train station in Abeokuta, Ogun State, had to be moved to the North-West to avoid demolishing about 1,004 buildings in the area.”
He spoke on the ongoing challenges the project is encountering revealing that, “the biggest challenge of the project at the moment was with the Lagos corridor where many utilities such as power lines, water pipelines and bridges were on the rail’s right of way, thus hindering the construction.”
This may also mean that some pipelines in Lagos State will have to be relocated for the project to be completed.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that, “The minister said a committee headed by the Chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Usman Abubakar, with the Managing Director, NRC, Fidet Okhiria, and representatives of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Nigerian Army had been constituted to come up with the best engineering solution that would have minimal impact on the people.”