CEAR geared to overcome challenges that affect operations during rainy season

chiso-3Central East African Railways – CEAR says it has put in place measures to overcome challenges that usually come during rainy season which mainly affect operations of the company and customers.

CEAR Communications and Corporate Image Manager, Chisomo Mwamadi said having bad experience in 2015 during the rainy season which affected the company, this year CEAR has put in place measures to deal with such challenges.

“As a company we are prepared for this rainy season having had a bad experience in 2015 when heavy rains that hit Malawi affected our operations. In 2015 we had to suspend operations because most of our networks were washed away by the rains,” said Mwamadi.

Mwamadi further said since January this year CEAR engineers have been doing random inspections of lines to see which areas need strengthening especially between Nkaya and Kanengo which is a critical section in terms of wash away.

“Apart from the usual repairing of bridges and checking the drainage system, our major focus having been on putting culverts on some key bridges within the section. We have so far put 8 culverts in this section,” explained Mwamadi.

“We have also embarked on a bigger maintenance project running from 2016 to 2018 where we want to install 30 culverts in this section so that the wash aways are dealt with permanently. With 8 done this year, 16 will be done next year and the other 6 in 2018. The project is worth $6 million,” he added.

Commenting on the Limbe – Nkaya rehabilitation, Mwamadi said the first phase which included the rehabilitation of Blantyre – Lirangwe rail section is almost done.mbc