Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Works has renewed the three-year contract with Uzbekistan Railways for the operation, maintenance and management of Hairatan – Mazar-i-Sharif railway line – with 75 km of main line and 63 km of loop line- , in northern Afghanistan. The value of the contract is USD 19 million/year, regardless of the volume of traffic.
“The ministry extended the agreement for next three years with more privileges,” Acting Minister of Public Works, Noorgul Mangal for RTA.
According to the agreement renewed, Afghan traders are allowed to use the railway line to export goods abroad. Based on the previous agreement, the railroad was used only for import. The new contract also the Uzbekistani operator to pay taxes and provide training for 50 Afghans each year.
Uzbekistan Railways completed the contruction of Hairatan – Mazar-i-Sharif railway in November 2010. In February 2011, the railway line entered operations, having a capacity of 9 million tons /year.