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Technical Studies of Railway Connecting Afghanistan with Four Nations ‘Completed’

(Last Updated On: September 7, 2017)

Afghan Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) says the technical studies of a railway linking China with Iran via Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan has been completed.

The railway is expected to run from China’s Kashgar to Afghanistan’s Herat, then go through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and finally connect with the Iranian railway.

The railroad lengths 2200 km and 50 percent passes through Afghanistan.

“We are working closely on construction of the corridor with neighboring countries, 50 percent of the project gets through Afghanistan,” said the Ministry of Public Works Spokesman, Mehdi Rohani.

The representatives of five countries involved in the proposed railway will meet in Tehran to discuss further on the project, Mehri said.

 Following the issue, some Afghan economic experts say, the government should take practical steps for implementation of the project as it will provide job opportunities for hundreds of Afghans and it will have positive outcomes on the country’s national economy.

“With implementation of this railway [project], we will get rid of monopoly as the country will be a transit route to Asian nations,” said an Afghan Economic Expert, Taj Mohammad Talash.

It comes as China has been discussing for many years the possibility of constructing a railway connecting the country with its neighbors.  

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