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26-01-2015, 12:53

Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan railway route to be determined this year



Avesta.Tj | 26.01.2015 |The final version of Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan railway route will be determined this year, Tajik Transport Minister Hayrullo Asozoda said on Monday.

The final version of mentioned railway route will be determined after Tajikistan reaches an agreement with Turkmenistan, the minister told at a press conference.

Tajikistan has already offered the line of its railway section with a total length of 161 kilometers, said Asozoda adding that "we are waiting the Turkmen side to answer as soon as possible and only then will sign an agreement.”

According to him, the next step will be a project feasibility study, with the 9 million U.S. dollars fund provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

"The issue on feasibility study has been discussed with our Turkmen collegues and is expected to be resolved”, Asozoda said.

A memorandum of understanding on the railway was signed by presidents of the three nations in Ashgabat on March 20, 2013.

The first track of the cross-border railway was laid in July 2013, which is expected to be completed in 2015.

Representatives of the three countries met in Ashgabat on April 18 to discuss route planning and financing.

The Islamic Development Bank has expressed interest in financing the Tajik section of the 1-billion-U.S. dollar project.