November 17, 2014
When Any Project Is Feasible
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Uzbekistan Railways; the country\'s biggest and efficient company, the national rail carrier. It has paved a long way of development, built and reconstructed new roads, erected modern industrial complexes from scratch;

implemented unique projects. Meanwhile; the highly qualified staff has been the company\'s core value. Their number over the years has increased by 60%, reaching 70 thousand people.

In the years of independence the State Joint Stock Railway Company Uzbekistan Railways has built and commissioned over 1,200 km of new railway lines, exemplifying the successful introduction of technologies that are still new for many countries. For example, in September 2011, the company launched the Central Asia\'s first high-speed railway Tashkent-Samarqand. The Spanish train Talgo was symbolically named Afrasiab after famous ancient town located in the Samarqand region. Today it runs between the two cities with the speed up to 250 km/h.

To date, it has already carried over 500 thousand passengers.

To ensure the effective operation of new electric trains the rail infrastructure at the Tashkent-Samarqand route was upgraded from the ground up in line with international requirements and standards. In two years, the railway staff has done an unprecedented work: they built all the infrastructure needed for the operation of up-to-date locomotives, built and reconstructed rails and stations, two-sided fence, renovated the contact network. In the future ft is projected to extend the high-speed traffic to Bukhoro and Khiva.

President Islam Karimov underscored the importance of railways for the development of Uzbekistan in his congratulatory message to the personnel of Uzbekistan Railways: \"Today, it is hard to imagine the way we lived and our economic development without railways. Currently, over 60% of freight and 75% of passenger traffic is carried by rail. I would like to particularly mention the company\'s contribution to the development and strengthening of railway communications, enhancement of reliability and safety of rail traffic. Over the past years the railroad workers have upgraded and rehabilitated 3.8 thousand kilometers of rails, electrified about a thousand kilometers of railway lines, owing to which the total length of railways has reached 6.5 thousand kilometers and covered all the regions of the country.\"

Construction and launch of the new route Navoi-Uchkuduk-Nukus-Sultanuizdag is another important project run by Uzbekistan Railways, which has opened access to rich natural reserves, reduced the cost of transportation for bypassing the territories of bordering countries, and helped bolster the welfare of local populace. Construction of a magnificent bridge across the Amudaryo River is another strategic initiative. The titanic miracle of engineering links the Republic of Karakalpakstan and Khorazm Region, providing a shorter way to the capital Tashkent. The 700 meter bridge has reduced the travel time on the Tashkent-Urganch route by 5.5 hours, and the distance by 300 kilometers.

The company has launched high-speed trains Sharq and Nasaf to run from Tashkent to Samarqand, Bukhoro and Qarshi as an additional convenience for passengers. Uzbekistan Railways has built eleven new and reconstructed seven railway stations providing international standard services.

The company attaches particular importance to upgrading its locomotive fleet. Over the years or independence, it has been tangibly changed. Now new freight locomotives carry more cargo with noticeably less expenses.

For instance, in the last decade alone, the company purchased 15 passenger, 12 passenger-cargo, 11 freight locomotives and 10 passenger diesel locomotives. The rolling stock has been significantly updated as well, largely owing to the Tashkent Plant of Construction and Maintenance of Passenger Cars. The factory produces comfortable passenger carriages in conformity with international quality standards. To date, it has produced 120 new and modernized 735 passenger railcars. The recently renovated foundry and mechanical plant consistently replenishes the rolling stock. With the production capacity of 26.5 thousand tons of casting products a year, the enterprise has already localized 167 kinds of industrial produce.

Finalization of a unified independent railway structure of Uzbekistan remains the key priority for Uzbekistan Railways, as well as the construction of the electrified railway line Angren-Pap with a rail tunnel.

Among the already completed efforts within the project are the implementation of 35.5 million cubic meters of earthworks, construction of 204 artificial structures, 11 bridges, 3 overpasses, and 82 kilometers of railroads. 5.5 thousand meters of tunneling works have been carried out in the main trunk of the tunnel, and finishing works been performed on a stretch of about 1.4 thousand meters.

The President of Uzbekistan also emphasized the project\'s exclusive importance for the country. \"We pin great hopes on the implementation of another major scheme in the field of transport communications, that is, the construction of a new electrified railway line Angren-Pap with a 19-kilometer tunnel, jointly with our Chinese partners. Its commissioning due in July 2016 will allow for a secure connection of the Farghona Valley with the central part of Uzbekistan, completing the establishment of an integrated rail transport system across the nation. The stripe is expected to become a principal link in a new international transit railway corridor China-Central Asia-Europe,\" President Islam Karimov stated in his congratulatory message.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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