BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 14
By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:
An almost 413 meters long road-rail bridge will be built across the Amu Darya River, which will connect the Khorezm region and the Karakalpakstan Republic in Uzbekistan, Trend reports referring to Uzbekistan Railways.
In addition, a 79-kilometer railway will be built from the Shavat district to the Karauzyak district of the Khorezm region. The construction is scheduled to begin in January 2021.
The chairman of the board of the Uzbekistan Railways, Khusniddin Khosilov, outlined in an interview with the Uzbekistan 24 TV channel that the new bridge with a length of 412.7 meters across the Amu Darya River will be combined, that is, it is intended for both road and rail transport.
Khosilov said that the new facility will reduce the distance by 240 kilometers and the transit time for goods by six hours. In addition, it is expected to reduce the cost of transporting goods by 150 billion soums ($14.4 million).
“If the average volume of freight traffic between Khorezm and Karakalpakstan is about 12 million tons, then the construction of the bridge and the railway will create an opportunity to increase the volume to 20-25 million tons before the payback period of the project,” he said.
In addition, it was noted that 2,370 kilometers of internal roads are expected to be repaired in the next three years.
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