Tabora: A Town Whose Economy Depends on Railways, With Standard Gauge In Pipeline, There Will be an Economic Boom
THE glory days are coming back to Tabora as the Minister for Works, Hon Prof Makame Mbarawa ( MP) announced that the country plans to initiate work on a standard gauge railway (SGR) line which will link Tanzania with its neighboring East African countries along the Central Corridor which includes Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda’s Dar es Salaam Port. (Railway Africa News).
In Tabora, Railways is more than an infrastructure. Residents of Tabora have benefited from the Rail in many ways including employment. Railways it created vast of employments opportunities ranges from technical, professional (Railways College), Office work and operational especially to those who works in sub-stations (gangs).
During those old good days, rail as a gateway to trade and business facilitated transactions and exchange between Tabora and Regions such as Mwanza, Kigoma, Mpanda and the Central Corridor a network that increased supply of goods and services thereby prices become low and life was affordable. It was not surprised to have fresh fish and dagaa from Mwanza and Kigoma early in the morning at the Market. Palm Oil and Banana are some of the food items that were available at affordable prices.
Things changed to the worse some years back the routes of train started to decline thereby created shortages in the supply and increase in prices. life were not the same as it was used. With this new development the old days are coming back. That is what we anticipate and pray for.