The National Railways of Zimbabwe is embarking on a refurbishment of rail infrastructure after receiving $5 million dollars from fiscal authorities early this year.Â
The ailing National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) was allocated $12,7million dollars under the current budget for the rehabilitation of rail infrastructure and has so far received $5 million dollars which is being used in maintenance of rail wagons and the purchase of radio communication equipment.
NRZ General Manager, Retired Air Commodore Mike Karakadzai said a lot of work has been covered towards upgrading rail facilities to enhance improved services, adding that besides fiscal allocations, the organisation has raised funds which are being channeled towards refurbishment of coaches.
NRZ is among several state enterprises which have been grossly affected by the imposition of illegal sanctions on the country by western nations resulting in deteriorating service delivery.
Over the years rail infrastructure has been vulnerable to vandalism and theft which has mostly affected communication systems and the electrified portion of the rail line between Harare and Dabuka.