Improved Tajikistan Road Changes Lives
The travel time between Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic has been reduced, which is improving access to social services and boosting regional trade and cooperation.
Everyday construction worker Said Saidov shovels dirt and dust to fill holes along this unpaved section of a road in eastern Tajikistan.
SOT: Said Saidov
My job is to pack them with earth.
It’s back-breaking work but it needs to be done. This potholed 13-kilometer stretch is part of a road corridor connecting the capital Dushanbe with the Kyrgyz Republic border and beyond. Soon, the road will be paved. It will become as swift and smooth as the rest of the 340-kilometer road improved with help from the Asian Development Bank.
Grateful residents say that travel time between Obigarm and Dushanbe has been cut in half, which means cheaper transport for people and goods.
Since 2003, ADB has provided a total of over US$118 million to Tajikistan to repair the road.
SOT: Safir Karimov
Resident, Obigarm Village
You cannot imagine how much the population here appreciates this road. Before people only went to Dushanbe when they had to, now they are willing to go all the time because they can.
CAREC—or the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program—is building the network that links this landlocked nation with its neighbors and the world beyond.
Said Saidov is now moving on to work in a safer environment. His hard work will be but a memory.