A deputy of the Kazakh parliament Aikyn Konurov believes that international transit projects with the participation of Kazakhstan do not pay back the investments. He made this statement during the plenary session. As an example, the people's choice cited the project of the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran rail route, Kazpravda reports .
- In December 2014, the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway route was launched. It was expected that he would provide Kazakhstani goods with direct access to the ports of the Persian Gulf, and also generate income from transit. According to government forecasts, the volume of cargo transportation along this road by 2022 will reach its design capacity of 15 million tons per year. According to our calculations, for 10 months of the current year the volume of transported cargo amounted to a little over a million tons. At the same time, transit did not even reach 200 thousand tons. According to reports, the specified route as an international transport corridor, in fact, does not function. Business has not yet claimed this direction, and its prospects are vague, the deputy said.
Recall that according to the initial plan, the construction of the Turkmen part of the railway was planned to be completed in 2011. The Iranian company ParsEnergy was involved in the project, but in the fall of 2012, the Turkmen side terminated the contract due to delays and stated that it would complete the construction on its own by the end of that year. As a result, the construction of the Turkmen section of the road was completed in December 2014.
The first trial container train arrived at the Turkmen station in February 2016.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan