Reconstruction of Afghanistan – Turkmenistan rail link begins

Turkmenistan starts reconstruction of Afghan railway

A ceremony of launching the reconstruction of a 2 km section of the railway in the territory of Afghanistan that runs into the territory of Turkmenistan was held in Afghan Turgundi and Turkmen Serhetabat towns yesterday. As is known, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov put forward this initiative during his recent meeting with Afghan President Khamid Karzai. The initiative relates to the overhaul of the railway including full replacement of mechanisms and equipment at the expense of Turkmenistan including financing of works for the total value of US$ 550,000.

As the Turkmenistan.ru’s correspondent reports, after laying the first symbolic pair of sleepers in the Afghan territory in Turgundi the similar ceremony was held in Serhetabat. The ceremonies were attended by the delegations of two countries. Public Affairs Minister Sohrab Ali Safari, Minister of Labor and Social Security and on Disabled and Shaheed Affairs Nurmuhammet Garkyn, Governor of Herat Seyit Hoseyin Anvari, Afghan Ambassador to Turkmenistan Abdulkarim Haddam represented the Afghan side. The ceremony was also attended by representatives of bordering Afghan settlements where ethnic Turkmens live. Turkmen Minister of Railway Transport Deryaguly Muhammetguliev led the Turkmen delegation.

from TURKMENISTAN.RU 2007-07-12.

This cross-border line was originally built by the USSR to support its forces after their invasion of Afghanistan. The line stretches for around 9.6 km from Kushka in Turkmenistan to Towraghondi. The route is parallel to the Amu-Darya river on the Soviet side, which made it vunerable to cross-border sabotage and military attack during the Soviet-Afghan war. The line fell out of use sometime around the time of the Soviet withdrawal in 1989.

Turkmen Railways to Provide Gratuitous Assistance to Afghanistan

The Ministry of railways of Turkmenistan will construct a railway line in Afghanistan at its own expense.

The cost of the project is USD 5.5 Mln, reports Railway Market-CEE Review referrin to Altaqata.

As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports quoting the press service of the head of state, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree to this effect “with a view to further developing and strengthening the neighborly relations between Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as providing assistance to the people of Afghanistan in reconstruction of the national economy.”

from RZD Partner 2007-07-13.

2 thoughts on “Reconstruction of Afghanistan – Turkmenistan rail link begins

  1. Andrew
    Thought you might be interested to know that the Peace Jirga in Kabul this week resolved to look into the matter of completing the rail link from Peshawar to Kabul. unfortunately, the existing Peshawar Landi Kotal leg of the line was badly damaged in floods in July 2007. Long lengths of that line are now hanging in midair and the job I think would be beyond any imaginable economic repair
    Simon

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