The 'golden juncture' of the section Atamurat-Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan)-Akina (Afghanistan) - the first link of the Asian transnational transport corridor was fastened.
During the solemn ceremony taken place on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mojhammad Ashraf Ghani fastened the rail tracks of the new railway.
46 railroad cars of the first cargo train loaded with flour, grain, cement, carbamide and sulphur left Atamurat-Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) for Akina (Afghanistan) during the ceremony.
The President of Turkmenistan also opened the new terminal for the receipt, storage and shipment of oil products at the Ymamnazar station on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border. Oil products will be delivered to the new terminal, the capacity of which is 540,000 tons, by railway and then will be exported by special vehicles.
The new railway running from Atamyrat (Turkmenistan) to Akina (Afghanistan) was laid by the construction subdivisions of the Ministry of Rail Transport of Turkmenistan. Two railway bridges with the width of 5.8 metres each were built over the 88-kilometre Atamurat-Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan)-Akina (Afghanistan) section. The length of one of the bridges is 363 metres and that of the other is 256 metres. Moreover, the Gulistan and Ymamnazar rail stations, new rail stations and auxiliary infrastructure facilities were built. Construction work at the first stage of the Asian transnational railway project that started in June 5, 2013 was completed.
Due to the advantages of its geographical position as a transit and transport unit and logistics centre on the continent, Turkmenistan is committed to implement potential in this sphere. The opening ceremony of the transnational transport corridor took place after completion of the Global Conference on Sustainable Transport, which was held in Ashgabat on November 26-27 with participation of the heads of states and governments of world countries and representatives of a number of large international organisations.
Source: Turkmenistan State News Agency-TDH