Railway Modernization Project

Locations

Type

Rail

Status

Completed

Total Reported Cost

131.2 million USD

Initiatives

Start Date

Oct. 31 2000

Start of Construction

Jan. 05 2002

Planned Completion Date

Dec. 31 2006

Contractors

Consultants

Implementers

Operators

Funders

Source(s) Amount
70,000,000 USD
56,190,000 USD
5,000,000 USD

Description

The main goal of the Project was to facilitate pro-poor economic growth through technical and institutional measures to improve the operational efficiency of railway transport. Specifically, the Project was aimed at (i) providing more efficient movement of freight and passengers, (ii) facilitating international trade through improved access to neighboring countries and seaports, and (iii) enhancing UTY's institutional capacity. The scope of the Project comprised: (i) rehabilitation of 341 km of railway track on the Samarkand-Bukhara-Khodjadavlet route and parts of the second line between Djizzak and Samarkand; (ii) provision of modern equipment for track laying and efficient maintenance of railway tracks; (iii) installation of fiber optic telecommunications systems; (iv) computerization of financial accounting systems, including consulting services; (v) human resources development, including training staff in sustaining the technological improvements; and (vi) establishment of the Small Business Fund (SBF). ADB and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) financed the equipment and telecommunications improvements, while UTY financed the track rehabilitation works.