The technical studies of Kandahar-Quetta and Jalalabad-Peshawar railway, which will be completed in four months, are handed over to the Hampton and Branchville Railroad Company.
Source: Quqnoos.com, 2010-07-08
The H&BR appears to be a 40 mile shortline in South Carolina with eight locos and 14 staff… on the face of it, not the most obvious firm to carry out feasibility studies in Afghanistan?
Afghan website Quqnoos reports on the Iran — Herat railway construction project. There is a photograph of some railway track, but it could be a stock picture rather than evidence of the work being underway.
Plans to extend the line from Herat to serve the existing railheads are mentioned.
Afghanistan’s railway project which will connect Shirkhan harbor with the western province of Herat will cost $2 billion.
The project which is planned to be completed in the next five years will connect Central Asia with Iran via Afghanistan.
Construction work on the project, from Herat to Iran, has already started. The design of the rest of the railway network from Herat to the Shirkhan commercial transit way is also in late planning stage.
The railway network which will be about 1200 km long will connect Afghanistan’s Shirkhan, Hairatan, Aqina and Torghondi commercial highways with the commercial harbors in the central Asian countries.
Meanwhile the media in Tajikistan have reported that work has begun on a railway network which will link Klokhabad with Panjpayan, on the border with Afghanistan.
Source: Quqnoos.com 2009-01-19
Quqnoos reports on the construction of the line from Iran to Herat.
Written by Zabiullah Jhanmal
Sunday, 19 October 2008 10:32
Ministry hopes to have the railway finished by the end of the year
A new railway linking Iran with the western Afghan city of Herat is 60% complete, the Ministry of Public Affairs said.
The Khawaf-Herat railway, built by the government of Iran, is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The ministry said it planned to build more railway lines to meet the demand for transportation links between Afghanistan and its neighbours, who use Afghanistan as a transit route for goods travelling to other parts of the region.
The ministry says rail transport is five times cheaper than transporting goods by road.
But one kilometer of railway built in Afghanistan costs about $2 million, the ministry said, and a planned railway between Herat and Tajikistan will cost about $4 billion.
Deputy minister for public affaris, Ahmad Wali Rasooli, said: “After the completion of road constructions throughout the country, and with the increase of transported goods, we are now turning our attention to railroads.
“Now there is a real need for the construction of rail-roads in the country. We plan to connect our borders with our neighboring countries via rail.”
The ministry said the construction of railways between Afghansitan and its neighbours would speed up the flow of goods across the country’s borders.