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Feasibility study of Turghundi railway kicks off

AT-KABUL:  The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) on Monday signed an agreement with a Canadian company to kick off the technical feasibility studies of railway in Turghundi Port in Heart province.

Mahmoud Baligh, the public works minister, told newsmen that the project was part of the corridor of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC), connecting Afghanistan to China, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan and Iran.

He said that the 200 kilometer-long project, would be completed in six months.

“The Asian Development Bank has undertaken to finance $1.6million for the project,” he said.

He said that Afghanistan would get access to Europe through Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan once the railway project is completed.

The minister stressed that the Turghundi railway would play a significant role in promotion of trade and economic growth.

“Afghanistan has considerable business location and is one of the regional transit corridors; therefore, Afghanistan can only join regional countries through railway,” Baligh mentioned.

According to him, the feasibility studies of Shirkhan Port railway was going on by the Canadian company in Kunduz province and was expected to be completed in the near future.

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