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Uzbekistan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53271-001 Status: Proposed

The project will add electrification, signaling and telecommunication, and traction power management systems to the recently built railway line between Bukhara, Miskin, Urgench, and Khiva, a total of 465 km. The line has a design speed of 250 km per hour and connects to the electrified high-speed railway line between the country's capital Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara.

Project Details

Project Officer
Sakamoto, Ko Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Uzbekistan
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project
Project Number 53271-001
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Central Asia Regional Economic Coperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 162.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will add electrification, signaling and telecommunication, and traction power management systems to the recently built railway line between Bukhara, Miskin, Urgench, and Khiva, a total of 465 km. The line has a design speed of 250 km per hour and connects to the electrified high-speed railway line between the country's capital Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy By doing so, the project will fundamentally change the economic geography of Khorezm, by shrinking the temporal distance to other urbanized areas of Uzbekistan. High-speed trains will reduce travel times between Urgench and Bukhara to 2 hours, compared to the current 6 by road. The total journey from Urgench to Tashkent will be made possible in approximately 6 hours, well within a daily commute. With such improvements, a number of impacts will be felt. Industrial development in Khorezm will be spurred in favor of higher value-added sectors such as tourism. The development of tourism is expected to come with several multiplier effects, as many locals including women will increasingly be employed in the tourism industry. Traditional sectors of agriculture and manufacturing will also increase in their value proposition. For example, higher value agricultural produce will be able to be exported faster and farther through the use of refrigerated wagons. The local population, including women and children will have improved access to safer transport, supported by gender-inclusive facilities in trains and at modernized stations already in place. The project will significantly increase the accessibility of the population of Khorezm to jobs, markets, healthcare and education facilities within the region and in other parts of the country. With the tourism sector in Uzbekistan already being the seventh fastest growing in the world with 13.4 percent growth in 2018, there is a large potential for the project to contribute to a tourism-led development in western Uzbekistan. For this reason, the second output of the project has the objective to develop a Tourism Economic Corridor in Western Uzbekistan, contributing to local inclusive economic activity in municipalities along the corridor. Besides high-speed and quality passenger transport, the project will also contribute to improvements in freight rail services. Freight will consist of domestic, export, import and transit traffic, which is projected by O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari (UTY) to reach a total of 12 million tons per annum by 2023 on the section between Bukhara and Miskin
Impact Sustainable regional trade and economic activity promoted along CAREC Corridor 2
Outcome Improved railway services for freight and passengers in Western Uzbekistan
Outputs

Railway infrastructure along the Bukhara -Miskin- Urgench- Khiva line upgraded

Tourism corridor Bukhara-Miskin-Urgenc-Khiva developed

Geographical Location Bukhara, Khiva, Miskin, Urgench
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Sakamoto, Ko
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2020
Fact Finding 21 Dec 2020 to 23 Dec 2020
MRM 29 Jan 2021
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Mar 2020

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