Abuja rail set for commissioning June
Barring any last minute delay, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has assured that it has put in necessary measures to commence mass rail transit services to the residents by June ending.
Chief Resident Engineer of the Abuja rail project, Engr. Anthony Agbakoba, who made this revelation while conducting journalists on inspection tour of the 78 kilometers Abuja light rail, also revealed that physical infrastructural work on Lot 1A and 3 of the project, such as laying of tracks, signaling system and other components were already 100 percent completed.
Agbakoba explained that the remaining component of the project, which involved bringing in of the trains and coaches, as well as their installation, was just five percent.
According to Agbakoba, FCT minister, Muhammad Bello, would be signing agreement for the manufacturing of 12 sets of trains, comprising four coaches each, with 1,000 capacity, which would take 18 months to deliver, adding that the trains would be manufactured to specification, in line with precise measurements of the entire Abuja rail system.
He stated that the administration would however not wait for 18 months, partial opening and service provision would be done next month, using a replica of the trains and coaches, pending when the real trains would be brought into the country and put into service.
Our correspondent reports that phase 1 of the Abuja rail mass transit project consists of a 'Lot 1' and 'Lot 3' line. Lot 1, covering a total distance of 23.718km line consists of Lot 1A and Lot1B line.
While Lot 1A traverses Idu, Gwa-Gwa, Dei Dei, Jibi, Gbazango, Byazhin and Kubwa, Lot 3 goes through the Abuja Stadium, National Park, Ring Road II, Wupa, Idu and terminates at the Airport.
Also, Lot 1B comprises Ring Road 1, Garki, Wuse, Utako, Jabi I, Jabi II, Ring Road III, Gwarinpa and Karmo.
The complete network would link Abuja with satellite towns such as Nyanya, Kubwa, Mararaba and Lugbe.