The Touggourt-Hassi Messaoud (Ouargla) railway line project has recorded a progress rate of 70%, and reception is scheduled for 2021, announced Thursday in Algiers, the former Minister of Transport, Farouk Chiali. .
During a plenary session at the Council of the Nation devoted to oral questions, the minister specified that this project, which extends over a length of 154 km and whose implementation has been entrusted to a group of national companies, has experienced a “Delay” since its launch on January 8, 2013, due to several obstacles.
Among other obstacles, the minister cited the deviation of the railway line to avoid the Sonatrach oil pipelines and high voltage lines, as well as gas pipelines, optical fiber cables, sanitation pipes, in addition to the opposition of the populations. close to where this line crosses.
To a question on the connection of the towns of Ghardaïa, Laghouat, Hassi Messaoud and Ouargla to the railway line, Mr. Chiali indicated that this requires the realization of a project of line Ouargla-Hassi Messaoud on 85 km, Ouargla-Ghardaïa ( 170 km) and Laghouat-Ghardaïa (170 km).
According to the same official, the National Agency for Studies and Monitoring of the Achievement of Rail Investments (ANESRIF) has started the preparation of feasibility studies while decisions will be taken on the basis of their results by the National Fund of equipment for development (CNED) in accordance with the guide to the efficiency of major economic and social works projects.
In response to another question relating to the non-opening of the public dry port of Annaba, the Acting Minister of Transport declared that a multimodal logistics company under the National Railway Transport Company (SNTF), was created and began operations in July 2012, employing 300 workers and operates 3 sites at Skikda and a fourth site in Annaba.
According to the minister, the site which receives the containers at the port of Annaba is still waiting for the legal restrictions to be lifted in order to be able to exploit it to the maximum in the field of logistics.
Several investments valued at 1 billion dinars must be made, namely the establishment of a remote protection system, the supply of a weighbridge to weigh containers, a scanner, a firefighting, and the construction of a custom fence, in addition to the functional redevelopment work relating to the truck entry and exit scheme and the container management scheme.