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TRAIN ACCIDENT: "Cost of repairs will be borne by manufacturer" – Railways Dev’t CEO

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Railways Development Authority, Yaw Owusu has revealed that manufacturer of the newly imported DMU train, Pesa Corporation, will bear the cost of repairs to the damaged parts.


He made these revelations at the back of an accident which occurred on the Tema-Mpakadan railway line.


Mr. Owusu said "The train has been taken to the station for an assessment of the damage"


"The extent of the damage is yet to be determined.”


“The cost of the repairs will be borne by the manufacturer. The train has not been formally handed over to the government of Ghana"


“And I believe they have insurance to cover extra damages,” he added.


“The train has officially not been handed over to the government yet and it’s still under the liability of the manufacturer. We are yet to ascertain what happened and how best we can go about it to ensure that this incident doesn’t happen again in the future.”


Responding to whether there is local expertise to fix the train or it would be required to be transported back to the manufacturer, Mr. Yaw Owusu explained that “the train can be repaired here; the manufacturer has some personnel here on the ground as part of the site acceptance test so Pesa Corporation, who sold us the train, is still.


“I believe that the trains can be repaired here. I don’t believe it’s a very expensive damage,” adding, “I cannot confirm that but I believe it can be repaired in Ghana.”


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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