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Implementation of the Afghan-Turkmen-Tajik railway continues

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Implementation of the Afghan-Turkmen-Tajik railway continues

railwayPreliminary works on the feasibility study of the proposed Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Tajikistan railway project have been completed.

The contract for the survey of the project was awarded to a foreign firm last year to evaluate the technical and financial modalities of the Afghan section of the transnational railway construction.

A meeting of the Joint Coordination Group on the review of the project was held on Thursday to confer on the prospects of bilateral cooperation in the field of transport in the context of implementing the MoU on the project.

The 400-kilometer rail project will connect the Afghan town of Akina-Andkhoy to Atamurat Ymamnazar in Turkmenistan and Pyandzh in Tajikistan.

The three countries’ presidents inked a trilateral framework agreement on the construction of a railroad in a tripartite meeting in Turkmenistan in March 2013.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged to fund the construction of the railroad after the cost and design of the project is completed.

This will be Afghanistan’s second railroad once it is completed. Currently, the only railroad operating in Afghanistan is the Hairatan-Mazar railroad.

The project was initiated in 2013 and is expected to become operational by 2015.

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