Uzbek-Afghan-Pak Railway Project planned

Engineering Post Report 

The Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan railway project planned at the appropriate levels concerned  is being regarded  to  also become a game changer and emerge as a key connectivity hub  for Central Asian countries..

This somewhat ambitious railway project spanning over a total of 760 kilometers  is planned to  traverse through  Termiz in Uzbekistan, Logar and Maqzar Sharif  in Afghanistan  ultimately with Kihat railway track in Pakistan.

Experts believe that if the project is implemented as being  planned then it will not only  grant Pakistan an access to Central Asian and Russian markets but also  reduce goods transportation  costs from Uzbekistan to Pakistan by about 40 percent besides slashing  delivery time by five days.

Projected for completion in 2027, the project is expected to serve as a catalyst  for promoting and boosting trade, regional tourism by reducing the travelling costs.

It may also be mentioned here that project participating countries Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan have finalized the shortest  possible route for the railway track and have already signed  a joint protocol  in  this matter.

Landlocked Central Asian nations, the experts hoped, will get direct access to Pakistan’s seaports in Karachi, Port Qasim and Gwadar thus facilitating connections to the Middle East and Africa.

Afghanistan is heavily  dependent on Pakistan for trade and will also  greatly benefit from the new railway project as goods transported  via rail to Mazar Sharif  will then easily and effectively  be distributed throughout Afghanistan by road.

The construction and operation of the railway track is also  expected to generate substantial employment opportunities , hopefully making quite a positive impact on the local workforce.