Baku - Tbilisi – Kars railway construction conducted in full swing
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 9 / Trend E.Ismaylov/
Work on the construction of the Baku - Tbilisi - Kars railway, designed to connect the Azerbaijani, Georgian and Turkish railway systems in all sections of the route is now fully underway, a spokesman for the Azerbaijan Railways Nadir Azmammadov told Trend today.
He said that construction and repair work at some sites had been suspended during the winter, but this had now accelerated due to good weather conditions.
"The work within this large scale project is being carried out in accordance with the schedule," he said. "There are no problems with its implementation."
As Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov said earlier, the project partners will launch two pilot trains at the end of 2012. The railway will be put into full operation during the first half of 2013.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being built in accordance with the Georgian-Azerbaijan-Turkish interstate agreement.
Azerbaijan assigned a loan of $775 million for the construction of the railway's Georgian section. This project is financed by the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan in compliance with the Order of the President of Azerbaijan On the Implementation of Measures on Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Project' of February 21, 2007.
The railway's peak throughput capacity will see up to 17 million tons of cargo transported per year. At the initial stage, this indicator will be equivalent to one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo.