Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure Francis Kasaila has said rail transport can improve Malawi economically.
The minister made the remarks on Friday when he toured Central East African Railways (Cear) in Limbe to appreciate what the company is doing.
Said Kasaila: “We are visiting Cear to appreciate the challenges they are facing, considering that most rail lines were damaged by floods.”
He said the country still requires extra rail transportation to reach more areas.
Said the minister: “We need more rail lines to improve economically. Rail transportation is much cheaper than roads.”
On his part, Cear managing director Hendry Chimwaza said despite damage to some rail lines, things have improved with the acquisition of new locomotives
He said: “The new locomotives were purchased with assistance from Vale Logistics, the company which is mining coal in Mozambique.”
Chimwaza said operational routes are Blantyre to Balaka, Liwonde via Nayuchi to Nakala, Blantyre via Balaka to Salima then Lilongwe.