Dailynews Reporter in Dodoma, 28th January 2010 TANZANIANS may soon witness trains moving as fast as 120 kilometres per hour as the government mulls introduction of fast moving locomotives in an effort to improve transport services. The Minister for Infrastructure Development, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, told the National Assembly here that the trains would be travelling at 120 kilometres per hour, unlike the existing trains which travel at 35 kilometres per hour. Dr Kawambwa was responding to questions by Janeth Kahama (Special Seats-CCM) who wanted to know when the government would introduce double decker coaches in order to transport more passengers. She also wanted to know measures taken by the government to rehabilitate rail tracks and railway stations which were in dilapidated conditions. Responding to a supplementary question by Esther Nyawazwa (Special Seats-CCM), the minister said that the slow moving trains were even affecting the economy. "Theres nowhere in the world where trains are now travelling at 35k/h and China has just introduced trains with 350k/h, commented Dr Kawambwa. The minister explained that the government was planning to improve rail tracks by expanding gauge from 1000 metres to standard gauge of 1435 metres. "The government has already conducted a feasibility study on how to improve railways from Dar es Salaam to Isaka and construction of a new railway line from Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Gitega-Musongati in Burundi in standard gauge. "The new railway will be a modern one and already 5.2bn/- has been spent on feasibility study and designing will follow", the minister stressed. Dr Kawambwa noted that according to the feasibility study, containers would be transported in form of double stack. He added that Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda were now mobilizing resources for the project through Public Private Partnership (PPP). My Take: I refuse to comment!! hata mnishikie bastola!!