Rites Projects

In 2003 RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Consultancy Services Limited) undertook a Rehabilitation study of CFB and CFM railways for the Angola Railway system,  as a part of Africa Fund initiatives. The study reports were submitted to Government of Angola in 2003 entailed a projected investment  to the tune of US$564 million for rehabilitation of the entire railway system upto Congo(DRC) border. The assessed investment requirements for CFM railway for rehabilitation of 424 km from Namibe port upto Matala (out of 756 km of the CFM system) was around US$240 million and US$ 295 million for the CFB railway.

          Government of India extended a line of credit of US$ 40 million to Government of Angola for the rehabilitation of CFM Railway. (Caminho de Ferro de Mocamedes - Railway Company of Mocamedes). The project involved technical assistance including up-gradation of workshops and supply of equipment, viz. 41 passenger coaches, a self propelled accident relief train, three diesel locomotives and two sets of Diesel Multiple Units train-sets, track and road vehicles. This was the first major Government–to-Government initiative between the India and Angola which had a conspicuous impact on bilateral relations. 

          The implementation of the project commenced in 2005.  Officers of the RITES deputed to Angola for the project worked hard under adverse conditions and were successful in handing over the completed project to Angolan Minister of Transport on 28.8.2007. The inaugural run from Lubango to Pedrera of the new passenger train service that day using the locomotives and passenger coaches from India for the trip got good applause from the public.  The carriages have a capacity to transport 700 passengers and 500 tons of diverse type of merchandise.  Lubango, the capital city of Huila province, thus witnessed fruitful completion of an Indian project assistance benefiting the common man in this southern region of Angola. 

          One remarkable feature of this project was that the tracks and signaling system for this line were done by Chinese whereas India supplied the rolling stocks and trained the personnel. 

          A proposal for the 2nd phase of the project is under consideration now. This involves an EXIM Bank credit line of US Dollars 55.9 million for supply of diesel locomotives, supply of Diesel Multiple Units and maintenance spares, setting up maintenance facilities for major overhauls of locomotives and DMUs, training of personnel and other supplies.