The Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) said on Tuesday that construction work on the Khaf-Herat railway, which is partially damaged in the Rawzanak area, will begin soon.
The Khaf-Herat railway is a project which would link Iran via Afghanistan to China.
Bakht Rahman Sharafat, the director of the ARA, and other delegates from the Islamic Emirate have met with an Iranian delegation three times to begin transportation of passengers and cargo via the Khaf-Herat railway, which is a priority for Islamic Emirate.
“The recent changes made some problems for the railway. The station in the Rawzanak area of Ghoryan district was partially destroyed and other parts need serious supervision,” said Bakht Rahman Sharafat.
He said that Rawzanak station and the third segment of Khaf-Herat railway need reconstruction, and the financial planning for this has been completed. The third segment of the project runs from Chah-e-Sorkh to Rawzanak, in Herat province.
Officials at the Ministry of Economy (MoE) believe the project will play a good role in the growing economy of Afghanistan.
“Railways have vital roles for economic development, and the Khaf-Herat Railway can do the same in the area of freight, trading and growing Afghanistan’s economy,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, the deputy minister of economy.
“The restart of the Khaf-Herat Railway is one of the best options. It should be revived with close cooperation of Iran and the Islamic Emirate,” said Hamidullah Ellani, an economic expert.