LUDERITZ: The rehabilitation of the Aus-Luderitz railway line and the upgrading of the Luderitz Train Station finally got back on track in June this year, after a 14-year delay caused mainly by financial constraints.
The rehabilitation work covers about 70 kilometres, and part of that distance was completed already in the past two months.
Luderitz Constituency Councillor, Jan Scholtz confirmed to Nampa on Tuesday that the work is underway and that 45 local people have been employed to work on the project.
JER Construction Company from Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region is responsible for the rehabilitation work, which is scheduled for completion by February next year.
The Ministry of Works and Transport made N.dollars 75. 3 million available for the railway line rehabilitation this year, and this money was also budgeted to cover repair work on Aus’ flood-damaged infrastructure.
The railway line was originally built during the colonial era, to serve as a supply line for German military equipment and troops.
When the harbour of Luderitz was upgraded in 1998, the Namibian Government also resolved to rehabilitate the railway line so that the new harbour facilities could be utilised.
The railway line is considered to be a catalyst for the development of the southern part of Namibia, as it will link people and businesses inland to the fishing and mining industry in the Karas Region.
The railway line will also be used to transport petroleum products to the southern parts of Namibia through the Luderitz harbor.