Tata Africa Holdings (Ghana) helps strengthen the country's public transport system
The acquisition of 150 new Tata buses will strengthen Ghana's 114-year public transport system and support its increasingly vibrant economic activity
|From left to right: Sudeep Ray, executive director, Tata Africa Ghana; Rajinder Bhagat, Indian high commissioner; and Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Transport, commemorate the handover with a symbolic Tata key|
Ghana’s sustained political stability and consistent economic growth reinforces the country’s image as a leader on the continent. It is making notable strides in reducing poverty levels and the average Ghanaian family is beginning to reap the harvest of productive partnerships between government and business.
This picture of prosperity does not come without its challenges. As in any country undergoing demographic and economic growth, Ghana’s infrastructure, and in particular the transport system, has been strained with the increased mobility of people who are actively participating in the economy.
Ghana’s public transport system dates back as far as 1898, when the first rail line was constructed from Takoradi to Tarkwa for the commercial exploitation of gold, and the first road laid between Accra Harbour (now Jamestown) and Dodowa to Larteh in 1905 for the export of palm fruits.
Today, 114 years later, the transport system is at a crossroads and is seriously affected by a relatively high population growth, increased income levels, urban expansion and vibrant industrial and commercial activity.
The acquisition of 150 new Tata buses by Metro Mass Transit (MMT), the state’s public bus company, comes as a welcome reprieve augmenting the existing Tata fleet in an effort to strengthen the country's public mass transport system.
The handover of 50 buses took place on the March 2, 2012, in the forecourt of the State House and was inaugurated by Ghana’s Minister of Transport, His Excellency (HE) Alhaji Collins Dauda, in the presence of Tata Africa Holdings (Ghana) executive director Sudeep Ray. The occasion was attended by several members of parliament, top government officials, the Indian High commissioner to Ghana, HE Rajinder Bhagat and other senior officials from Tata Africa Holdings (Ghana), Tata Motors and MMT.
The minister commended the efforts to usher in massive infrastructural development, noting that the acquisition of these buses would be accompanied by the construction of new depots and terminals in Tamale, Bolgatanga, Ho, Cape Coast, Wa, Swedru, Tarkwa, Takoradi, and Kumasi depots.