Just an Hour to Embrace Tashkent

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has approved the main parameters of the project on the construction of an electrified high-speed double-track ring railway around Tashkent.

Totaling $320.1 million, the project will be carried out in phases in 2017-2021. Major investments will be channeled from the government budget in the amount of $25.3 million this year, and $159.8 million of centralized state investments will be allocated throughout the entire period of the project.

Two large institutions will also be involved in construction financing. For instance, the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan will invest $20 million for the purchase of imported equipment, raw materials, construction materials and components, passenger electric trains, as well as for specific construction and installation works that involve foreign contractors. The Chinese Eximbank will acts as a foreign partner with a $115 million loan.

The President assigned to submit a feasibility study of the project to the Cabinet of Ministers for technical approval by October 1, 2018. All its stakeholders are released from payment of customs duties, value added tax for goods, works and services, mandatory contributions and fees to the targeted state funds by January 1, 2022.

Another important resolution of the state leader envisages preparation of the Concept on the Development of the Passenger Transport System in Tashkent for the future, based on the analysis of the best foreign practices.

Experts should envisage regular routes linking the capital with certain towns in the Tashkent region, creating the most favorable conditions for passengers, linking stop points of the double-track ring railway with the Tashkent subway lines, terminal stops and bus stations along its length for suburban and urban bus routes, as well as ensure their optimized traffic schemes.

The project envisages the construction of a total of 26 stations. Trains will run with seven minute intervals, so the whole of Tashkent can be traveled around in just an hour. The length of one line will be 71.2 km, and the total length will exceed 140 km of railways in both directions.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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