Tajikistan starts building railroad to Afghan border
DUSHANBE (Reuters) - Tajikistan on Thursday started building a railroad to connect its capital Dushanbe to a bridge on the Afghan border, a key link in the projected NATO supply route through the former Soviet Union.
The United States plans to transit non-military supplies for its troops by railroad through Russia and ex-Soviet Central Asian states. A formal agreement with Tajikistan, the ultimate link of the new transit path is still to be signed.
The new route is important to the U.S. as Taliban militants have stepped up attacks on the traditional supply corridor in Pakistan.
"Tajikistan's President Imomali Rakhmon, speaking at the launch ceremony, invited foreign investors to take part in the project," Rakhmon's office said in a statement.
The cost of building the 146 kilometre link is estimated at $131 million.
Tajikistan, the poorest former Soviet republic, struggles to restore and modernise its infrastructure devastated during the 1990s civil war.
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
- UPDATE 4-P&G to exit Duracell battery business; quarterly sales dip
- Thousands raised to buy car for Pennsylvania sniper's lookalike
- Putin accuses United States of damaging world order
- UPDATE 8-U.S. officials considering quarantines for returning healthcare workers
- U.S. officials considering quarantines for returning healthcare workers |
The latest Reuters poll of 20 economists taken over the past week shows Asia's third-largest economy will likely grow 5.5 percent this fiscal year and 6.4 percent the next, slightly better than 5.3 percent and 6.3 percent expected in the July poll. Full Article
Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia Full Article