Roads for De­vel­op­ment

Plans afoot to mod­ern­ize the rail­way sec­tion Andi­jan-Savai-Khan­abad.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - REGIONS -

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.

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