Negotiations on construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway reached a new level
Negotiations on construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway reached a new level. Recently, Tashkent hosted three lateral negotiations of working groups. Now the negotiations on the two transit routes in Kyrgyzstan’s territory are underway. Bishkek opted for the long 430 kilometer station along crowded auto routes and transmission lines. According to the feasibility study of this project which was developed in 2015, the construction costs were estimated at US$5 billion. In return, China proposed a 280 km route which will pass along hard-to-reach areas without infrastructure and which will be shorter and cheaper; the estimated costs amounted to US$3.5 billion. Until April, the Kyrgyz experts will give a final expert opinion on the most profitable route. Financing the construction is expected at the expense of the Chinese investors.
KANATBEK ABDYKERIMOV, DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION OF KYRGYZ RAILWAYS:
- We understand that implementation of this project in the future will allow building the North South railway which will connect and form a single railway network in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan’s single railway network was torn apart in the 1990s. The North and the South were divided by mountain ranges and this is why the railways pass through the neighboring countries. The so called South corridor of the second continental transport bridge will allow creating the transit message from China to Europe via the Central Asia-Afghanistan-Iran-Turkey route.