17 Feb 2018
Addis Ababa (ENA) — The newly commissioned Ethio-Djibouti railway line manifests the country’s successful journey towards multi-faceted development, said passengers.
Passengers who talked to ENA said the railway demonstrates the country’s thriving drive to attain its aspired development goals.
Former Dire Dawa City resident, Jilalo Awol said that “it is great news for the country to start this kind of modern railway transport and it can play important role in facilitating business with the rest of the world.”
He expressed his contentment on the services offered by the railway as “vital to run business” as it benefits passengers in many ways including cost and speedy delivery.
“It is so much important for a person who is engaged in business sector, it can help to do tasks on time without delay and also to run business without transportation problems” he said.
Ouba Ali, a Djiboutian businesswoman who travelled between Djibouti and Dire Dawa, said the train has reduced her the travel time.
She said “The train is imperative in strengthening the business and social interaction between Ethiopia and Djibouti”.
She believed that the railway will also contribute a lot in boosting the flow of tourists from Djibouti to Ethiopia, especially during the summer season.
Kesis Gebretinsea, who travelled to Dire Dawa for business, said that the railway can be one of the manifestation of fast growth and modernization of the country.
“This is for the purpose of development, people are moving here and there for development so it can support them to do their works on the intended time, so interims of this, the railway have many benefits” , he said.
A third year student of Health Science at Haromaya University, Jarra Teshome, is grateful for the new railway line as he travels usually between Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa, his hometown.
“Previously, when I travel from Dire Dawa to Addis Ababa by car, I have to travel the whole day, but now it takes me five to six hours, this means I can save six hours that I was spending on the road”, he said.
“The train accommodates toilets, cafeterias, bed rooms and with sophisticated ventilators to ease the weather whenever it is warm. And most of all passengers don’t get suffocated as when they are travelling by bus”, he said.
Tesfaye Hagos Head of Dire Dawa Branch Office of the Ministry of Trade said that the railway line makes the country’s import-export trade much easier.
Since the train transports several containers at a time, it provides an opportunity for the country to quickly move goods from the port of Djibouti thereby reduce foreign currency to be spent for port service.
Director-General of Ethio-Djibouti standard Gauge Railway Share Company, Engineer Tilahun Sarka said the railway line has built in order to hasten the development of the country by accelerating import-export trade.
He explained, “Almost 90 percent of Ethiopia’s import -export materials transported through the port of Djibouti, which the railway line is targeted on it.”
“The train can provide service to 3,000 passengers daily which equals to providing the access to almost 2 million people in a year so this is very huge number”, Engineer Tilahun said
The Ethio-Djibouti railway line covers 756 kilometers between the two countries, out of these 656 kilometers is in Ethiopia and the rest 100 Kilometers is in Djibouti.
— Published (15 Feb 2018)