CEM REPORT | Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said work on the ongoing rail project will be ready between last quarter of 2022 and first quarter of 2023.
He said Blue Line rail project is at 90% completion and completion remained on schedule, on both the Blue and Red lines rail projects, which are intra-city,
He said this while briefing newsmen at the Marina Train Station, after assessment of the ongoing work on the Blue Line rail project and stations at the National Theatre Iganmu, Orile, Suru Alaba, Mile 2, and Marina axis of the state.
According to him, contractors work seven days a week, to achieve schedule further strengthening the intermodal transportation system of the state.
He further added that the blue line rail tracks would be running on electric, powered by an Electric Motor Vehicle (EMV). He enjoined residents to keep off the train lines, ensuring they don’t walk on it.
Sanwo-Olu, also said adequate security will be put in place at every train station and platform with the use of CCTV.
On the day, the Governor also inspected a new four-coach train, which, he said is the typical model that would be used on the blue line, added that plans are ongoing to bring in additional two set of such from China between September and October.
“This is the first time I am taking you on the blue line to see where we are. The first phase of the Blue line rail project starts from Mile 2 and terminates at Marina.
“Marina Station is an elevated station and it stretches out to outer Marina and terminates where the Governor’s residence is. At the end of the station, you could see that the track is broken into two bridges. The backtrack is for parking.
“We are happy that the contractors are working seven days a week. The major aspect apart from the Marina Station is a sea crossing from Eko Bridge to join the outer Marina. They would finish it in about three months.
“We will be coming back in July, during which the concrete construction should have been completed,”
He did not fail to condemn the level of vandalism along the rail corridors and warned perpetrators to desist from such evil acts.
He said that the government would go after companies that buy vandalized rail tracks infrastructure and culprits would be traced and made to face the full wrath of the law.