Revitalizing Uganda's Railways: Infrastructure Projects, Funding Challenges, And Future Prospects

The Tororo Gulu railway line rehabilitation project faced a contract termination in July 2022 due to payment delays. With multiple ongoing projects, including the URC Capacity Building Project, progress has been made in rehabilitating and refurbishing railway lines in Uganda. However, issues such as theft, vandalism, and encroachment hinder progress. Uganda is shifting focus from the Chinese-funded Standard Gauge Railway to working with Turkey’s Yapi Merkezi for finance and execution. Other projects include rehabilitating the Meter Gauge Railway line and connecting railway lines to industrial hubs. Aggressive targets have been set for June 2023, with funding for URC increased to 235.06 billion for the FY 2022/23.

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