Railway infrastructure development: Kazakhstan plans to increase transit potential

Photo by: Press Service of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov held a meeting on further development of transport and transit potential of the republic and activities of the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy national company, DKNews.kz reports.

Transport Minister Marat Karabayev said that for 10 months of the current year the volume of cargo transportation amounted to 246 million tons which is 3.3% more than for the same period of the last year. By the end of the year it is planned to reach the figure of 300 million tons. 

In the coming years it is planned to build more than 1300 km of railroads, which will significantly increase the transit potential of Kazakhstan. In particular, these are the lines Dostyk - Moyinty, Bakhty - Ayagoz, Darbaza - Maktaaral and bypass around Almaty.

In parallel, work will be carried out on repair of existing railways, purchase of new locomotives and cars, modernization of stations and station complexes.

Prime Minister emphasized that KTZ needs to quickly sort out all incoming complaints from domestic manufacturers and together with the Ministry of Transport to develop effective measures to eliminate bottlenecks in freight transportation.

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