Reviving railway system could reduce accidents: !Naruseb

13 Dec 2016 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – Reviving and renovating railway systems could go a long way in preventing road accidents, Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb has said.
!Naruseb was answering questions from the media during the year-end review of the Harambee Prosperity Plan at State House on Tuesday.
President Hage Geingob delivered a post-mortem on progress made between April, when the plan was implemented, and September 2016 to Cabinet ministers and members of the media.
The HPP is Government’s development plan from 2016 to 2020 during Geingob’s tenure in office and focuses on poverty alleviation, wealth redistribution and Namibia’s industrialisation, amongst many factors of development.
!Naruseb said reviving the railway system could go a long way in dealing with road carnage.
At least 617 people died in accidents between 01 January and 21 November this year according to statistics provided by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA).
A total of 3 601 crashes were recorded by the fund in which 6 180 people sustained injuries over the same period.
!Naruseb also alluded to the fact that the railway at one stage was a lucrative mode of transport, thus there is a desire for the country to revive the mode of transport.
He said with regards to the railway between Aus and Lüderitz, contractors have been contracted to construct a tunnel to prevent interference from the wind.
“This will protect the rail system so that it can become sustainable,” !Naruseb said.
He said six locomotives were refurbished this year, but the local railway industry also faced a number of challenges including industrial action and financial and human resources constraints.