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For the first time transport of goods by rail commenced in Afghanistan

Tue Feb 07, 1:15 pm

For the first time, the loading and unloading process of the Afghan trade goods that are being entered from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan launched by rail from Naib-abad port, officials said.

Although the work of railway tracks, was completed last year but were not set for the exploitation.

The 75 kilometer railway track between Hairatan and Mazar-e-Sharif links Hairatan border with Mazar-i-Sharif provincial capital of northern Balkh Province.

The railway track was made by Uzbekistan costed 29 million US dollars and was funded by the Asian Development Bank. The railway line is also considered to be extended to Badghis, Herat and Kandahar provinces.

Besides this, the Naib-abad port also opened in Mazar-e-Sharif for the process of loading and unloading of Afghan trade goods.

The Naib-abad port has the capacity of loading and unloading 34 trucks at a time while the local officials are looking to upgrade the capacity of that port.

Meanwhile Zabihullah Akhtari; head of Balkh trade sector said rail transport would be very effective for country’s economic growth and will also expand the business in Northern provinces.

The economic experts also believe that the extension of the railway tracks can play important role in the country economy and will provide certain commercial facilities for the trades and businessmen.

While the Afghan traders have always been complaining the transit problems and despite of efforts, still many problems exist in this regard.

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