The Minister for Railways Development, John Peter Amewu is hopeful the completion of the Tema-Mpakadan Railway project will be one of the major infrastructural developments in the country.

He says the Railway project will soon be completed to bring relief to residents.

During the sector minister’s recent tour of progress on the 70-kilometre stretch of the railway line, he indicated that it is scheduled to commence operations by November this year.

Mr. Amewu said when the project is completed, economic activities will be boosted in the community.

“The communities are going to see some level of development. Economic activities will be boosted. In fact, if we are able to complete this, it will add about 23 points to our GDP growth.”

The Tema-Mpakadan rail line is part of the 1,000km Ghana-Burkina Faso Railway Interconnectivity Project which will link Ghana from Tema to Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

The two countries had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in January 2017 in Ouagadougou to kick-start the project.

According to the plan, some 800km of the railway line will be in Ghana’s territory while the remaining 200km will be on Burkinabe soil.

The rail project was supposed to be completed in August 2020 but was halted following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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