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Chinese Engineers Arrive in Afghanistan to Plan Railway

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Chinese Engineers Arrive in Afghanistan to Plan Railway

Engineers from the China Railway Company arrived in Afghanistan to start researching the technical aspects of the railway which will run from the Aynak copper mine south of Kabul to Afghanistan’s shared border with Uzbekistan.

Part of the obligation of the Chinese MCC Company, awarded the tender in 2008 to extract the copper from Aynak, is to construct a railway, Afghan Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani said Thursday.

“This project is part of the obligations of MCC, and technical studies will be governed by the China Railway Company, which is a well known railway company,” Sharani said.

The estimated cost for construction of the 900km railway – to be the longest in Afghanistan – is around $4 billion, which will be paid for by Chinese MCC.

The line is expected to run from Aynak, 40 km south of the capital Kabul, pass through Kabul province and Nangarhar province to Pakistan’s border province Torkhan, and then run north to Afghanistan’s Hairantan province until the border of Uzbekistan.

The Chinese embassy in Kabul confirmed the arrival of the Chinese railway engineers to Afghanistan.

“Yes, a group of Chinese engineers have come to Afghanistan to perform technical studies of this project. We can say what the final route will be at the end of the study. Our engineers are working in close coordination with the Afghan Ministry of Public Works,” China’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Xu Feihong said.

Feihong also confirmed that Chinese engineers will train Afghan engineers in the field of construction of railway networks.

Source: Tolonews.tv


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