Tajikistan launches railroad linking Dushanbe and Khatlon bypassing Uzbekistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, in a ceremony in the Yovon district on August 24, put into operation the Vahdat-Yovon section of Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa-Kulob railroad, the presidential press service reported.  

The completion and opening of Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa-Kulob railroad, which connects the capital of Tajikistan with the Khatlon Province, would give an impetus to the economic development of this province, which was previously connected to Dushanbe by the railroad running through the territory of neighboring Uzbekistan.

Construction of the Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa-Kulob railroad, which is of regional and international importance, was launched in March 2009. The railroad line has three tunnels with a total length of 3,543 meters and eight large and medium bridges with a total length of 683 meters. The length of the longest tunnel is 2,209 meters.

According to experts, the annual economic benefit of the new railway would be 46 million somoni, which will allow to recover all costs of the new railroad construction within ten years.

During his meeting with local residents and railroad builders, the head of state emphasized that the new railroad is a continuation of the implementation of Tajikistan’s strategic goal — to take the country out of a communication deadlock, Rahmon’s press service said.

The Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa-Kulob railroad was built through loans and grants from China and funds from the Government of Tajikistan.

Sergey Kwan

TCA