UTILITIES BEHIND GAUTRAIN

Posted on Mar 15, 2006 in Media Releases

A meeting between Premier Shilowa and managers of Utility and cell phone providers cemented an agreement on the movement of utilities to make way for the Gautrain. The meeting stressed the importance of all utilities working with government to ensure effective planning and implementation of the Gautrain within the agreed timeframes. Such collaboration will minimise inconveniences which may result from the moving of the utilities.

Shilowa, utility managers discuss Gautrain

Public utilities have thrown their weight behind the effective implementation of the Gautrain rapid rail link.

A meeting today between Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa and managers of Eskom, Telkom, Rand Water, Egoli Gas and cell phone providers cemented an agreement on the movement of utilities to make way for the Gautrain.

Shilowa was accompanied by members of the Gautrain political committee including public transport, roads and works MEC Ignatius Jacobs, local government MEC Qedani Mahlangu, Gautrain project leader Jack van der Merwe and Gauteng Director General Mogopodi Mokoena. The meeting stressed the importance of all utilities working together with government to ensure effective planning.

This was crucial in ensuring the implementation of the Gautrain within the agreed timeframes as well as in minimising any inconvenience and disruption which may result from the moving of the utilities.

The Premier again emphasised the importance of the Gautrain as a public transport project of national importance that would serve as a catalyst for an integrated transport system.

Gautrain would be the backbone of this integrated public transport system, which would involve taxis, buses and Metrorail playing a central role.

He added that Gautrain stations would serve as both transport and economic hubs and would serve to stimulate local economies in the areas they were situated.

“Apart from the economic and transport objectives that had been set for the project, the Gautrain would benefit the long term sustainability and growth of the Gauteng economy, improve the quality of life of all its citizens and reducing pollution,” he said.

“Arising from today we can really begin to work as a team and realise the vision of the Gautrain,” said Shilowa.

A high level forum consisting of representatives of the public utilities will be established to oversee and coordinate the relocation of the utilities within agreed timeframes.

06 March 2006

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