Large scale infrastructure project
Uzbekistan’s Kamchiq Tunnel commissioned in 2016 is the most important railroad link of the new international China–Central Asia–Europe transit corridor. The launch of the railroad tunnel allowed to significantly improve Uzbekistan’s transit potential at the international scale, and to establish the single railroad system in Uzbekistan. Previously, people had to drive along the highway that passed through the area of Tajikistan in order to get from Tashkent to Fergana, but this issue was solved with the construction of the Kamchiq Tunnel.
WANG JIAN, PARTY SECRETARY, KAMCHIQ TUNNEL PROJECT, CHINA RAILWAY TUNNEL GROUP:
- Earlier, European and American companies were also interested in this project. However, their implementation timelines were about five or six years. We understood that we could complete the task set by the government of Uzbekistan in three years. The project is really not easy as the length of the tunnel is 19.2 kilometers.
The Kamchiq Tunnel is one of the most ambitious intergovernmental projects implemented as part of the One Belt, One Road initiative. Over twenty freight and passenger trains go through the tunnel every day.
AKMAL, STAFF, TUNNEL OPERATOR:
- Our ancestors, grandfathers and fathers had dreamed about this road for centuries. They always pushed for the construction of this road. This tunnel brings together all the traffic interchanges of our country in the main regions of Uzbekistan.
The Kamchiq Tunnel is the longest tunnel not only in Uzbekistan, but in the Central Asia. It is ranked eighth according to the complexity of construction among the similar facilities located in the mountainous regions of the world and rated 13th according to the length of the railroad.