Power Cuts Slowing Down Ethio-Djibouti Train

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethio-Djibouti Railway (EDR) Corporation says continues power interruption and theft of its equipment are hampering the railway’s performance.

The corporation’s CEO, Tilahun Serka (Eng.), said that the railway lines are being subjected to constant robberies.

He said the 300 railway nails have recently been robbed at once, costing the corporation at least 100,000 US Dollars.

Tialhun urged the government to take serious measures against those who are engaged in looting the public property.

There is no international experience to implant surveillance cameras in the whole 750Km railway lines.
Even if there are, Tilahun said the Corp does not have the budget to install them.

“There has to be a strict punishment that could deter people from stealing,” the CEO told The Daily Monitor.

Ethio-Djibouti railway was built for 4.2 billion US dollar and is currently being operated by Ethio-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway S.C.

Authorities initially planned to reduce traveling time between Addis Ababa and Djibouti from 3 days to 12 hours.

However, due to the inconvenience created by an electric power interruption, the Corp has failed to realize its plan.

Besides, he said various obstacles, both natural and manmade, along the line of its railway are slowing the train’s speed.

The situation sometimes resulted in accidents involving camels, Tilahun said, adding that the Corporation is forced to pay compensation.

By Sisay Sahlu

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