Uzbekistan has invested over USD 6 billion in the development of its railway network, extending it by more than 1100 km in recent years, Uzbek President Islam Karimov said in his greeting message to the staff of the Uzbekistan Railways State Joint Stock Company, on the 20th anniversary of the company last week.
Uzbekistan has built over 1100 Km of new lines, has upgraded 3800 km and electrified another 1000 km. As a result, the total length of the railway network reaches 6,500 kilometers.
Among the projects implemented by Uzbekistan Railways is the construction and commission of the new line Navoi-Uchkuduk-Nukus-Sultanuizdag that has facilitated access to the richest reserves of natural minerals, reduction in the costs of transportation circumventing the territories of adjacent countries. Another vital project in the evolution of the railway system is the construction of the bridge across the Amudarya River, connecting the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the Khorezm Region and securing a shorter path to the capital city. The nearly 700 meter long bridge has helped cut the train movement time along the route Urgench-Tashkent by 5.5 hours and the distance by 300 kilometers.
Currently, works for the electrification of Marokand – Karshi and Karshi –Termez railway lines are carried out. A new electrified railway line Angren-Pap with a 19-kilometer railway tunnel is being constructed as well. To date, 35.5 million cubic meters of soil works have been executed as part of this project, along with the construction of 204 artificial facilities, 11 bridges, 3 viaducts, as well as 82 kilometers of rail lines. In the main trunk of tunnel, channeling works have been performed on a stretch of 5.5 thousand meters and finishing works completed on a plot of over 1.4 thousand meters.