The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is a bi-national railway linking the Southern Africa Regional transport network to Eastern Africa, Asia and the rest of the world through the seaport of Dar es Salaam. It connects landlocked Zambia to East Africa's seaport of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The track covers a distance of 1,860km from Dar es Salaam to New Kapiri Mposhi, where it is connected to the main railway system of Zambia (Zambia Railways Limited), through which there is further connectivity to the railway network of Congo DR in the north of Zambia, to Zimbabwe in the south and the rest of Southern African railways, which are on the same Cape Gauge (1067mm wide) as TAZARA. TAZARA is a statutory body established in both the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Zambia, through the TAZARA ACT of 1975, later amended by the TAZARA ACT of 1995. The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Government of the Republic of Zambia are the joint and equal shareholders of TAZARA, whose headquarters is in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The railway was constructed and equipped with the assistance of the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of China, which provided an interest-free loan and expertise to construct the line between 1970 and 1975. TAZARA officially begun operations on 14th July 1976.Continue Reading
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