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September 15th, 2010, 04:06 PM
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September 15th, 2010, 04:08 PM
Rail company officials from CIS and Baltic states gather in Dushanbe to discuss cooperation issues
DUSHANBE, September 14, 2010, Asia-Plus -- Senior officials of rail companies from the CIS and Baltic states have gathered in Dushanbe for a four-day meeting that is opening here today afternoon, according to the Tajik Railways.
The source says the meeting is discussing proposals of the rail companies on transfer to new rail schedule designed for 2011-2012.
The meeting participants will also consider the process of preparation of draft regulations for international passenger trains and intermediate cars of direct connection as well as other issues related to organization of passenger trains, he added.
The meeting will conclude on September 17. http://www.asiaplus.tj/en/news/33/69189.html
October 3rd, 2010, 04:07 PM
Tehran, Dushanbe sign cooperation MOU
DUSHANBE, Oct. 2 (MNA) – Iran and Tajikistan signed a memorandum of understanding at the end the eighth meeting of their joint economic and cultural committee in Dushanbe on Saturday.
Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou and Tajik Minister of Industry and Energy Golshir Ali inked the MOU, the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network reported.
Based on the MOU, the two sides agreed to carry out joint projects in different fields such as textile, foodstuff, construction of railways, hydroelectric power plants, dams, cement factories, and so on.
Iran also agreed to export technical and engineering services to Tajikistan.
The ninth meeting of Iran and Tajikistan joint economic, and cultural committee will be held in Tehran next year.http://www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=1163147
October 17th, 2010, 03:48 PM
Uzbekistan resumes allowing Rogun-bound freight
DUSHANBE – Railway freight cars bound for the Rogun dam construction project have resumed arriving from Uzbekistan, Avesta.tj reported October 15.
Uzbekistan allowed eight Rogun-bound railway freight cars into Tajikistan October 14, Tajik rail official Andrei Tropin told Avesta.tj. Uzbekistan began impounding Rogun-bound freight February 7, citing technical problems, Ferghana.ru reported. Tajikistan accuses it of trying to block construction of Rogun. http://centralasiaonline.com/cocoon/caii/xhtml/en_GB/features/caii/newsbriefs/2010/10/15/newsbrief-10
October 17th, 2010, 04:40 PM
Tajik Railways denies report about Uzbekistan allowing cars carrying cargo for Roghun to move into Tajikistan as unfounded
DUSHANBE, October 16, 2010, Asia-Plus -- The report released by some media that Uzbekistan has allegedly allowed stranded railroad cars carrying cargo for Roghun’s construction to move into Tajikistan does not correspondent to the facts, Vladimir Sobkalov, acting head of Tajik Railways, told Asia-Plus on Saturday.
According to him, nine freight cars that were recently allowed to move into Tajikistan did not carry cargo for Roghun’s construction. “They carried another cargo and employee, whom journalists cited, has been undergone medical treatment for a long time, and therefore, he could not be well informed about that,” Sobkalov stressed.
On October 15, a number of media reported that Uzbek authorities allowed the first ten freight cars carrying bitumen and other building materials for Roghun’s construction to move into Tajikistan on October14.
It is to be noted that all three international rail routes leading to Tajikistan (Sughd province, Dushanbe and Khatlon province) run via Uzbek territory and Tajik authorities say that since February, Uzbekistan has held up the transit of Tajikistan-bound rail cargo in retaliation for Dushanbe's decision to construct the Roghun hydroelectric power plant (HPP).
Uzbek authorities oppose the Roghun hydroelectricity project because of concerns it would receive less water from Tajikistan needed for agricultural purposes.
We will recall that the Tajik government has formally asked the OSCE send a fact-finding mission to look into a railroad dispute between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Delivering a statement at the Plenary Permanent Council Meeting in Vienna, Ambassador Nuriddin Shamsov, Head of Tajikistan’s Permanent Mission to the OSCE, noted on October 12 that Delegation of Tajikistan to the OSCE would like to draw the OSCE Permanent Council Meeting’s attention again to alarming situation with regard to continuation of Uzbekistan’s halting of freight cars bound for Tajikistan. He said some 884 freight cars carrying food, medication, building materials, and fuel are currently held up on Uzbek territory.http://www.asiaplus.tj/en/news/33/70360.html
November 2nd, 2010, 10:01 AM
FM: Uzbekistan meets cargo transit obligations to Tajikistan
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Nov. 1 / Trend D. Azizov /
Cargo transit to Tajikistan has not been reduced. According to official data from the Uzbek State Customs Service, the volume of cargo transit is growing steadily, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported.
Freight flow by railway to Tajikistan amounted to 57,192 carriages, with cargo weighing 3.94 million tons, during the first nine months of this year, or 1,780 carriages and 220.304 tons of cargo more than during the same period in 2009.
The agency added that the statistics of the the Uzbek railway company Uzbekiston Temir Yullari also indicate a growth in goods transit to Tajikistan of 102 percent in January-September compared to the same period last year.
At the same time, the agency added, several media outlets, citing Tajik officials, have spread incorrect information about the movement of cargo carriages from Tajikistan through Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan denied the so-called "rail blockade" accusations.
In their recent statements, the agency said, Tajik officials have issued statements that contradict the country's official statistics. According to these statistics, foreign trade turnover increased 3.6 percent to 2.634 trillion over the nine months of this year. Exports also increased 14 percent, while imports remained at last year's level during the same period.
As all of Tajikstan's foreign trade turnover is provided through its main trunk rail lines (Sogdi, Dushanbe and Khatlon railway sections), which are linked with Uzbekistan, the Tajik economy could not have reached these levels in the event of a blockade, the agency said.
Large-scale artificial control and train congestion in Uzbekistan is technically impossible, as the country does not have many sidings. Moreover, only such claims are capable of paralyzing the country's railways and resulting in catastrophic consequences for the Uzbek economy.
Tajik officials continue to stress delays in goods transit through Uzbekistan, which they claim is the root cause of the country's economic instability.
Meanwhile, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry has repeatedly stated that it is fulfilling its commitments on the transit of goods within existing bilateral and multilateral agreements. The ministry added that trains are sometimes delayed due to technical and logistical reasons as a result of increasing cargo shipments to Tajikistan and the need for routine repair works.
The agency confirmed its commitment and readiness to address emerging problems, and to search for mutually acceptable solutions during negotiations, adding that Tajikistan's unfounded accusations do not contribute to good neighborly and mutually beneficial ties. http://en.trend.az/capital/business/1775038.html
Tajik rail company to raise rail dispute with Uzbekistan at RTC meeting in Vilnius
DUSHANBE, October 20, 2010, Asia-Plus -- Tajikistan will raise the issue of a railroad dispute with Uzbekistan at the 53rd session of the Railway Transport Council (RTC) of rail companies from the CIS and Baltic nations that opened in Vilnius, Lithuania on October 20, Usmon Qalandarov, the deputy head of Tajik Railways, told reporters in Dushanbe on Wednesday.
Noting that the RTC sessions are held twice a year, Qalandarov said Tajik Railways had wanted to bring the issue to RTC’s attention at the previous session already but Uzbekistan’s representative had not attended that session. “This time, he will attend the session and this issue will be raised,” Tajik rail company official noted.
According to him, more than 1,000 freight cars bound for Tajikistan are currently held up on Uzbek territory. Touching upon the issue of freight cars carrying cargo for Roghun’s construction, Qalandarov said, “This issue has not yet been solved.”
He added that Tajik Railways has received 373 claims for a total amount of 433,000 U.S. dollars from consignees over loss of cargo on Uzbek territory to this day. “A claim meeting of rail companies from the CIS and Baltic nations will take place in Yerevan, Armenia soon and the Tajik side will file claims both for loss of cargo and cargo time limitation,” Qalandarov said.
We will recall that the Tajik government formally asked the OSCE in early October to send a fact-finding mission to look into a railroad dispute between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Tajikistan has previously sought help from Iran and Kazakhstan in dealing with Uzbekistan about the rail problem.
In the meantime, Itar-Tass reports the RTC session in Vilnius will discuss the coordination of passenger and freight transportation by rail along international routes.
Apart from plenary meetings, there will be conferences of expert working groups on current problems of railway transportation. Those present at the session are also to discuss practical matters, such as specifically, management, accounting and mutual settlement in multilateral use of freight cars, and the creation of a technical standard for broad gauge (1,520 mm).
Established in 1992, the RTC comprises the railroad administrations of CIS nations and the Baltics, and those of Bulgaria, Georgia, Latvia, and Finland as associated members. The state-run rail companies of Lithuania and Estonia are Council members with a deliberative voice.http://www.asiaplus.tj/en/news/33/70513.html
November 22nd, 2010, 03:48 PM
Tajikistan again asks OSCE for help in finding fair solution to rail dispute with Uzbekistan
DUSHANBE, November 18, 2010, Asia-Plus -- Tajikistan is interested in practical support of the United States and the OSCE for implementation of projects aimed at constructing highways and rail links connecting Tajikistan and Afghanistan, Tajik Ambassador to the OSCE Nouriddin Shamsov remarked yesterday at an international conference in Vienna, according to the Tajik Embassy in Vienna.
Unfortunately, some serious problems related to ensuring regular and safe rail cargo shipments still exist in the OSCE region, especially in Central Asia, he noted.
“Tajikistan is dissatisfied with the level of regional cooperation in Central Asia because it is faced with difficulties in rail transit of cargo via Uzbek territory. Uzbekistan's blockade of rail traffic to Tajikistan is continuing to cause serious damage to socioeconomic development of Tajikistan and may have negative consequences for economic stability and security,” Shamsov stressed.
According to the Tajik Embassy in Vienna, Tajik Ambassador to the OSCE again asked the OSCE to help find a fair solution to the rail problem and to send a fact-finding mission to look into a railroad dispute between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The OSCE-supported conference was held to discuss solutions to financing of road and rail transport infrastructure in the wake of the financial crisis. The conference participants exchanged experiences within the framework of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Trans-European Motorways and Trans-European Railway projects. Around 90 participants, including representatives of railway and transport authorities in Central Asia, took part in the meeting.http://www.asiaplus.tj/en/news/33/71367.html
September 14th, 2011, 01:15 PM
From Tajikistan to Russia by train
A weekly train will ply between Moscow and Tajikistan’s second-largest city Khujand, the capital of the country’s most developed Sughd Province.
The opening of the Khujand-Moscow train service marks a tangible contribution to the 20th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence, Tajik Railways’ press service said.
The train will travel to Russia via Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/09/07/55784631.html
January 29th, 2012, 08:42 AM
Railway transit transportation through Tajikistan reduces in 2011
The volume of railway transit transportations through the territory of Tajikistan amounted to 9.2 million tons in 2010, decreasing by 20.9 percent compared to 2010, Vladimir Sobkalov, Tajikistan Railways company's deputy head said at a news-conference on Wednesday, Asia-Plus reported.Read more (http://en.trend.az/capital/business/1981641.html)
July 18th, 2012, 10:40 AM
Tajikistan hopes to reach agreement with Kyrgyzstan on constructing rail link to Сhina
Tajikistan hopes to reach an agreement with Kyrgyzstan on constructing a rail link connecting Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, Asia-Plus reported on Friday.
Farida Muminova, a senior expert from the Tajik think tank, says certain work is being carried out to arrange a meeting with the Kyrgyz side to discuss that railroad construction project.Read more (http://en.trend.az/regions/casia/tajikistan/2046694.html#popupInfo)
December 30th, 2012, 03:21 AM
Two other Kazakh-produced rail locomotives will arrive in Dushanbe soon
DUSHANBE, December 5, 2012, Asia-Plus -- A process of acceptance of two diesel locomotives took place at Kazakhstan’s locomotive-building plant on December 4.
According to Tajik Railways, the locomotives are expected to arrive in Dushanbe in ten days.
We will recall that Kazakhstan agreed to sell six locomotives to Tajikistan, its first-ever export of railway engines, last year.Read more (http://news.tj/en/news/two-other-kazakh-produced-rail-locomotives-will-arrive-dushanbe-soon)
February 21st, 2013, 07:40 PM
Tajik Railways purchased last year 3 General Electric Evolution diesel locomotives (ТЭ33А-0113,0114,0175) built in Astana, Kazakhstan
March 21st, 2013, 06:52 AM
Pakistan Tajikistan expedite Chitral to Ishkashim road, establish rail air links
Mountain passes of Afghanistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Shikashum (Eshkashem) Afghanistan and Shikashum Tajikistan are border villages located on either sides of
Oxus River called River Amu. Only 3 hours safe drive from Broghel Pass through safe Wakhan to
Shikashum (Eshkashem?) before entering Tajikistan.
Safest link road can easily be built from Vadinkhot to Broghel Pass (20 km). No glacier, rocks, mountains on the way from Chitral to Broghel Pass. Heavy snow can sometime stops traffic.
President Asif Ali Zardari and his Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov of Tajikistan signed several agreements to complete road, rail and air links.
Rupee News has written an extensive report on the Pakistan vs. Tajikistan road via the Wakhan Corridor. The Wakhan corridor is disputed territory that was illegally transferred by the British to Afghanistan, to build a buffer between Tzarist Russia and Georgian Britain.
http://rupeenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/chitral-map-of-Chitral-District1.jpgRead more (http://rupeenews.com/2013/03/pakistan-tajikistan-expedite-chitral-to-ishkashim-road-establish-rail-air-links/)