President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Inauguration of Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa-Kulob railroad

24.08.2016 06:36, Dushanbe city

This morning, at six o’clock sharp, the first train from the Central Railway Station of Dushanbe started running on the route of Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa-Kulob railroad headed by the Founder of Peace and National Unity - the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, and representatives of intelligentsia, various spheres of social life, youth, and activists.

Laying of the railroad was launched with the participation of the Head of State. Its estimated cost makes more than 165 mln. somoni. The project of the railroad included construction of three tunnels with a total length of 3543m. The length of the longest tunnel was 2209m, construction of which requires high professional skills, knowledge, and experience of experts in mountainous terrain. Simultaneously, 8 bridges with a total length of 683.2m were constructed within the Project.

If you look at the economic importance and advantages of the project, we can say that the length of the former railroad, Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa, which crossed the border, was 432km, and, as a result of the construction of tunnels and bridges, it was possible to reduce the route length of 313km, and the length of the current road is only 119km.

Transportation of 1 ton of cargo by railway Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa decreased by almost 120 somoni; earlier it was 160 somoni, and now, through the new route, it shall cost only 35-40 somoni.

According to experts, the annual economic benefit of the railway Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa reaches 46 million somoni that will allow to cover all costs of installation of the new railroad line within 10 years.

The Head of State, at the opening of the first railway tunnel of the country - Hulbuk, with the length of 2209m, noted that the efforts of the Government are aimed at implementation of successful policy on overcoming communication deadlock for the sake of social development and welfare of population. According to State Unitary Enterprise "Tajik Railways", for the construction of 41km of railway in total 450 million somoni was spent, including 359 million for construction work, 43 million 602 thousand for purchase of modern and powerful machines. Groundwork of 41km of road’s foundation, strengthening of upper layer, excavation of 12 million 374 m3 of clay, blasting of 4 million 230 thousand m3 and construction of 20km of lines of electricity, 110 trenches for water flow, 4 checkpoints, and 2 modern station buildings, generally carried out with high quality and meets all modern standards of construction of railroads and infrastructure.

The President of Tajikistan, the Leader of the Nation, Emomali Rahmon, during the journey along the route of Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa-Kulob railroad stated that “Today for the people of Tajikistan, including hard-working residents of Khatlon province, is an unforgettable historical day, because one of our very important socio-economic projects was implemented on the eve of our sacred national holiday, 25th Anniversary of State Independence of Tajikistan”.

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