Lagos Blue Line Rail Project 90 Percent Completed, Says Sanwo-Olu
Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the state Blue line rail is at 90 percent completion, maintaining that the project would be delivered in the first quarter of next year.
The governor made the comment on Sunday while addressing journalists at the Marina Train Station after inspection of works on the Blue Line rail project and stations at the National Theatre Iganmu, Orile, Suru Alaba, Mile 2, and Marina axis of the state.
The governor in a statement signed by his press secretary, Gboyega Akosile said;
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. And by the time we will be coming back in July, the concrete construction should have been completed.
According to the governor, who inspected the project alongside some members of his cabinet, officials of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), and contractors handling the project, the blue line rail would run on electric tracks with Electric Motor Vehicle (EMV).
He, thus, asked Lagosians to keep off the train lines and avoid walking on them.
Sanwo-Olu said the Lagos State government will also acquire two sets of four train coaches from China between September and October.
The Governor assured that there would be adequate security at every train station and platform with the use of CCTV.
He also condemned the level of vandalism along the rail corridors and warned perpetrators to desist from such acts.
The government, Sanwo-Olu said, would go after companies that buy vandalised rail tracks, adding that the culprits will also be traced and prosecuted.