On Monday, the delegations of railway authorities of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan discussed via video link the promotion of joint transit and transport projects.
First of all, it applied to the construction of the Akina-Andkhoy and Turghundi-Herat railway branches with the related infrastructure.
The cost of the contract for the construction of a 30 km Akina-Andkhoy section is 21 million US dollar. More than 17 km of rail and sleeper grids have already been assembled for this branch, and 11 units of special equipment have been allocated and delivered to Afghanistan for railway construction which is carried out by both parties.
In the future, it is planned to extend the Akina-Andkhoy line further to Tajikistan, which means geographical development of the Lapis Lazuli Corridor (Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey), and towards the Asia-Pacific region.
The 173 kilometers long Turghundi-Herat railway will also allow expanding over time the network of supply chains in the region with access to new markets of the continent. Financial institutions such as the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank are showing interest in investing in this project.
Turkmen railway builders are already laying a 6 km lead-in section through the territory of Turkmenistan from Serhetabad to the border with Afghanistan. A railway bridge with a length of almost 177 meters will also be built on this section.
These and other infrastructure projects, being carried out with the active participation of Turkmenistan, open up great opportunities for Afghanistan to export its goods to Europe and the countries of the Middle East, South Asia and in other directions.