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Official testing of Addis Ababa light railway inaugurated

Updated: Feb 2,2015 11:46 AM     Xinhua

The train of the Addis Ababa light railway is in operation, Feb 1, 2015.[Photo by Ni Tao/People’s Daily]

ADDIS ABABA — Official testing of the Addis Ababa light railway was launched on Feb 1 at a colorful ceremony in the presence of senior government officials, diplomats, other dignitaries as well as residents in Ethiopia’s capital city.

The Addis Ababa light railway is one of Ethiopia’s mega development projects in the country’s five-year growth and transformation plan.

The 34 km electrified railway project is being contracted by the China Railway Group Limited (CREC) in the capital of the East African nation.

Speaking at the ceremony held at Kality area, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia hailed the project’s contribution not only to the transportation in Addis Ababa but also to technology and skill transfer in the country.

The premier noted that the Ethiopian Government has been working to ensure modern transportation system while maintaining the goal of building carbon emission-free transport system.

Ethiopia’s Transport Minister, Workineh Gebeyehu, said that the Addis Ababa light railway project is a testimony to the various mega projects which Ethiopia has been undertaking in the transportation sector.

Test rides with officials and residents on board of the rails were conducted on 9 km distance between Kality and Meskel Square.

Performers dance at the launch ceremony of the Addis Ababa light railway, Feb 1, 2015.[Photo by Ni Tao/People’s Daily]

Chinese and Ethiopian constructors attend the launch ceremony of the Addis Ababa light railway, Feb 1, 2015.[Photo by Ni Tao/People’s Daily]

People are seen taking a ride by the Addis Ababa light railway, Feb 1, 2015. [Photo by Ni Tao/People’s Daily]

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