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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan to build new rail link

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan will jointly built a 120 kilometers long railway line from Amatyrat, Turkmenistan, to Akina, Afghanistan.

world Updated: Mar 13, 2011 15:48 IST

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan will jointly built a 120 kilometers long railway line from Amatyrat, Turkmenistan, to Akina, Afghanistan.

Presently, the two neighbouring countries are connected by a 10 kilometres line from Kuska in Turkmenistan to Toragundi /Herat in Afghanistan. It went operational in 1960 and was reconstructed in 2007.

Turkmenistan's ministry of railroads transport informed their Afghanistan's counterparts they had finalised a project that would deal with the 85 kilometres from Amatyrat to Imamnazar. This part of the line will be constructed by Turkemenistan.

Afghanistan suggested Turkmenistan makes a project for the 35-kilometres part in Afghanistan from Imamnazar to Akina.

The major infrastructure project will be a huge impetus for the development of Afghanistan's economy, successful social projects, including those in employment, participants in the talks confirmed.

They discussed possible involvement in the project of international organisations, donor-countries and international financial institutions.

The railway line construction is the third joint project of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

In February this year, Turkmenistan's president signed an order to start construction of a new electricity supply line to Afghanistan. It will increase by five times, to 300 mega watts, Turkmenistan's export of electricity to the neighbouring country.

Another even bigger project is construction of a gas pipeline called the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) line, which started its development in December 2010.

At the initiative of Turkmenistan's President, Ashgabat hosted a summit on the pipeline, where the four countries signed an agreement on the gas pipeline project.