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Kazakhstan to launch major transport corridor in a year

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Date: 6 December 2015 14:07

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 6

By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:

The "Western Europe - Western China" transport corridor will work completely in late 2016, the Kazakh Investment and Development Ministry said Dec. 4.

"The delay in its commissioning is related to the sources of funding," a statement said.

The project is on the verge of collapse and the construction will not be completed on schedule, according to the media and a statement made earlier at a meeting of the Accounts Committee of Kazakhstan.

Originally it was planned to complete the project in 2012. The different sources of financing, such as a concession, investments, etc. were planned to be drawn for its implementation.

The Kazakh government decided to draw the loans from the international financial institutions in 2013. The completion of the project was postponed for 2016.

The implementation of the "Western Europe - Western China" international transit corridor was launched in 2009 upon the Kazakh president’s order. Some 2,452 kilometers are planned to be reconstructed, of which 1,390 kilometers - the first technical category with four-lane traffic (from Khorgos on the Chinese border to the city of Kyzylorda) and 1,062 kilometers - the second technical category (from Kyzylorda city to Martuk settlement, Aktobe region).

Some 1,079 kilometers of roads (from Khorgos to Turkestan) will be built with the cement concrete pavement. The traffic was opened from the Russian border to Shymkent, including Zhambyl, Aktobe, Kyzylorda and South Kazakhstan regions with a total length of 1,884 kilometers from 2009 to 2014.

The "Western Europe - Western China" corridor is planned to be connected to the Big Almaty Ring Road, when it will be built, in the future.

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