Railways to reduce freight charges

Pak-Afghan-Uzbek railway line in offing

Engineering Post Report

A 760 kilometers long tripartite railway link is in the offing linking Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

A joint protocol  in this regard has recently been signed and  the industry and business circles have welcomed this  as and when it materialized will go a long  way to reduce cargo delivery times among these countries by about five days.

The projected rail link  will help in connecting Pakistan  with Central Asia and Russia  via Termez city in southern Uzbekistan.

Industry and business circles believe  that the projected new tri-countries rail  link will hopefully prove to be a game changer like the already under implementation between time-tested, all weather friends China and Pakistan under the umbrella of China and Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in a phased manner.

The new rail link which is expected to  tap the potential of the region will pass through Mazar-e- Sharif and Logar in Afghanistan  and extended till the borders  crossing into Pakistan’s  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tribal district after starting  from Termez city in Uzbekistan.

The rail link will support both passenger and freight services thus contributing to the regional trade and economic growth.