Georgia finalizes the railway section on Baku-Tbilisi-Kars corridor

Azerbaijani company Azer Road Service has completed constructing a 29-kilometre section of the railway from Marabda to Kartsakhi, which is part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. According to the Georgian Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, the last few meters of the railway were laid on June 21, 2012. Azer Road Service has also built three stations on the route of the trains.

Azerbaijan has allocated a soft loan worth USD 775 Million for Georgia to construct the Georgian section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.

Georgian Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development Ramaz Nikolaishvili said that cargo and passengers will be soon transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.
“This railway is a reality. We will see this soon. Definitely, this is the shortest way between Europe and Asia. We have orders for cargo transportation”, he said.

The project of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars transport corridor includes the construction of the railway branch Kars-Akhalkalaki with a length of 98 km, of which 68 km in Turkey, 30 km in Georgia.

A 183-kilometre section of the Akhalkalaki-Marabda- Tbilisi railway will be reconstructed within the project to increase the capacity to 15 million tons of cargo per year. It is planned to construct a center in Akhalkalaki to transfer trains from the track existing in Georgia to the European one.

Source: www.today.az

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