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Uzbekistan Railways may construct railroads in Afghanistan

31 January 2013

uzdaily.com of 1/31/2013 - State joint stock railway company Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (Uzbekistan Railways) can participate in construction of railroads to Kabul, Afghanistan, and further to Iran.

Head of Uzjeldorrasschet Center Navruz Erkinov said that Uzbekistan Temir Yollari have constructed 106 km of railroads in Afghanistan.

He said that there are plans to continue construction of railroads up to Kabul and further to Iran with perspective to access to ports of Persian Gulf.

As reported earlier, Uzbekistan Temir Yollari completed construction of Hairatan-Mazar-e-Sharif railroad in the end of 2010 with the cost of US$129 million.

The Uzbek company constructed 75 km railroad and several stations, as well as reconstructed Hairatan station within the project.

The project was financed due to US$165 million grant of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and US$5 million of own funds of the Afghanistan Government