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TASHKENT, November 8 (TCA) — The State Joint Stock Railway Company Uzbekiston Temir Yullari (Uzbekistan Railways) started the electrification of the ‘Karshi-Tashguzar-Boysun-Kumkurgan-Termez’ railway in the south of the country, according to the company.

The project worth US $481.7 million includes the electrification of the 325-kilometer railway section and the development of infrastructure and social facilities of the railway line. The project is designed for six years. 

The project will be financed through a loan worth $220 million from the Japan International Development Agency (JICA) and Uzbekistan Railways’ own funds.

In August 2007, Uzbekistan Railways commissioned the ‘Tashguzar-Boysun-Kumkurgan’ railway worth $447 million.

A new 223-kilometer railway line linked the two southern regions of the country – Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya – bypassing Turkmenistan, and thus reducing the former distance for passenger and freight traffic by 170 kilometers.

The project was financed through a loan worth US $151.5 million from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the state budget and Uzbekistan Railways’ own funds.

Earlier it was reported that between 2011 and 2018 Uzbekistan Railways will electrify three railway sections – ‘Marokand-Karshi’, ‘Karshi-Termez’ and ‘Marokand-Navoi-Bukhara’ with a total length of 715 kilometers.

The project is valued at $961.5 million and will be financed through the foreign loans and Uzbekistan Railways’ own funds.

After the implementation of these projects, it is expected that the share of electrified railway sections in Uzbekistan will increased by 2016 from 36% to 42%.

According to Uzbekistan Railways, the projects will help increase by at least 20% passenger and cargo traffic to the country’s south where a number of large investment projects are currently carried out. Electrification of the abovementioned sections will also increase the transit of cargo passing through Uzbekistan from neighboring Afghanistan.

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