Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 30
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
There are no problems with the timely implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) construction project, Georgian Economy Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili told reporters Jan. 29.
"The project will be implemented on time," he said.
He assessed the work conducted in Georgia as part of the BTK project implementation as successful.
Kvirikashvili said that the Georgian side has successfully coped with the task.
Kvirikashvili and Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov have recently attended the presentation of the Georgian section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and observed the test run of a train.
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of the Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement.
The State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) finances the project in accordance with the Azerbaijani president's decree 'On the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project activities' dated February 21, 2007.
A new 105-kilometer branch of the railroad is being constructed as part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project. In addition, the railway's Akhalkalaki-Marabda-Tbilisi section is under reconstruction in Georgia that will increase its capacity to 15 million metric tons of cargo per year. A post is under construction in Akhalkalaki for the transition of trains from the existing tracks in Georgia to the European ones.
The peak capacity of the corridor will be 17 million metric tons of cargo per year. At the initial stage, this figure will be equal to one million passengers and 6.5 million metric tons of cargo.
The project is planned to be implemented in 2015.
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