By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: An agreement on construction of the fourth phase of the Khawaf-Herat railroad was signed at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday, a statement said.
The agreement was signed between Yama Shams, head of the Afghanistan Railway Authority and Kazakhstan INKON KZ Company in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the statement from the Presidential Palace said. The fourth phase of the Khawaf-Herat railway is 43-kilometer-long and passes through Ghorian, Zanjabel and Zendajan districts of Herat province bordering Iran. The project would end in 16 months and would cost $5.58 million dollars to be provided by the Afghan government, according to the statement.
The Khawaf-Herat railway track is 225 kilometers long and is constructed on the Afghan and Iranian soil. Two phases of the track which is 76 kilometers long has been already constructed from Iran’s Khawaf to Shamtegh border area and is ready for utilisation. The 62-kilometer track from Shamtegh to the border of Afghanistan has been 95 percent completed.