Afghanistan to build 3,500km of railways by 2030, official says

Staff Report

KABUL -- Afghanistan plans to build 3,500km of railways by 2030, Abdul Bari Seddiqi, the director of railway infrastructures at the Afghanistan Railway Authority, said in Kabul recently, according to a Tuesday (December 6) report.

The country presently has less than 100km of functioning railways.

Speaking at the same news conference, Public Works Minister Mahmoud Baligh stressed the importance of developing rail transport in Afghanistan.

By 2017, the recently opened Turkmen-Afghan railway extending from Atamyrat, Turkmenistan, to Aqina, Afghanistan will be carrying about 1 million tonnes of freight per year, Baligh predicted.

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