Roads for Development
Plans afoot to modernize the railway section Andijan-Savai-Khanabad.
The project provides for the rejuvenation of the railway section of 65 kilometers long, as well as the straightening of certain parts of the line, the reconstruction of artificial structures, modernization of alarm systems and telecommunications, construction of a new 10.5-kilometer stretch bypassing the territory of Kyrgyzstan.
After completion of the project in 2019, commuter trains are expected to run from the regional center to the easternmost town and vice versa. The scheme’s total value exceeds $ 15 million, which will be provided by Uzbekistan Railways ($ 9.1 million) and the state budget ($ 6.1 million).
The project’s implementation will increase the capacity of the railway, reduce the time of delivery of goods and passengers to the destination, ensure the safety of train traffic.
The upgraded road will also provide a convenient transport for a significant part of the population of Andijan region, linking the regional center with one of the most isolated points – the city of Khanabad, with vital strategic importance.
In addition, in the central part of the country, $ 57 million will be assigned for the electrification of the railway section of MarokandNavoi, correspondent reports with reference to a draft resolution of the head of state.
Most of the funds – $ 39.4 million will be allocated by Uzbekistan Temir Yullari. The moneys will be used to procure equipment, materials and payment for construction and installation works, as well as other expenses. The remaining $ 17.6 million is invested by the state.
In the framework of the project, electrification of the 157.1 km section with the construction of crossings, guard posts, railroads, as well as the modernization of alarm and telecommunications systems are planned. Commissioning of the line is scheduled for 2020.
It is worth noting that in 2016, a new electrified railway line with a length of 135 km was built parallel to this site, providing the movement of passenger trains at speeds up to 250 km / h. Back then, the builders could not find enough funds to electrify the existing line.
The project will increase the capacity of the railway, reduce the time of delivery of cargo and passengers to the destination, ensure the safety of train traffic, reduce operating costs, improve the ecological situation in the region, and create new jobs.
67.9 million tons of cargo were transported by railways of Uzbekistan last year, so were 21.59 million passengers (an increase of 630 thousand people compared to 2016).
By 2020, Uzbekistan intends to bring the level of electrification of railways to 51%. In the country, with a total length of railroads of more than 4.2 thousand kilometers, almost a thousand kilometers have been electrified, of which more than 700 km – over the recent years. The railways of Uzbekistan account for about 60% of the country’s freight turnover and almost 80% of the total volume of export and import freight traffic.