First section of TAT railway commissioned (PHOTO)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov. 28
By Elchin Huseynov – Trend:
First section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) railway has been commissioned.
Addressing the ceremony to commission the railway’s first section on Nov. 28, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that TAT’s opening provides ample opportunities for the countries of the region, as well as Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
An 85-kilometer rail line has been constructed in Turkmenistan in the first stage of the project.
Berdimuhamedov said the new rail line will contribute to development of economic cooperation between the neighboring countries and facilitate the supply of goods to Azerbaijan, China, India, countries of Europe and other regions.
New rail and road bridges will also be opened across the Amu Darya River in the coming days.
Addressing the event, President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the new railway revives the Silk Road and will turn into an important transport corridor to Europe, the Pacific and Asia.
During the ceremony, the two presidents also attended the opening of a railway terminal for the transit, storage and shipping of oil products. The terminal will make it possible to load 2,000 tons of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel per day into tankers.