Uganda – The Ugandan much-awaited Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will start in 2022, says the government.
The project that is set to link Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan will be completed in 2023.
According to the government, the project that has since 2014 failed to kick-off has faced financial challenges and failure by Kenya to complete its part of the stretch to Uganda.
While addressing the media Yesterday in Kampala, the SGR project coordinator, Engineer Canon Perez Wamburu, said that the government was committed to seeing the project take off. UGX 10 billion ($272,990), set aside to compensate 420 project-affected people in Tororo, Iganga, Namutumba and Mayuge districts.
“This is a massive effort despite underlying challenges and current the economic squeeze occasioned by Covid-19,” he said.
Mr. Wamburu noted that the compensation provided 120 kilometres of land from Tororo through Mayuge out of the entire rail corridor. He also stated that the re-assessment and re-evaluation of land between Jinja and Kampala were going.
It is projected that the SGR project will create 150,000 jobs and will boost the country’s revenue in various sectors.