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Contract for Hairatan–Mazar railway maintenance signed with Kazakh company

KABUL: A contract for maintenance and running Hairatan – Mazar railway has been signed between Afghanistan Railway Authority and Mansour Fatih, a Kazakh company.
Bakht Rahman Sharafat, acting director of the country’s railway authority, says the contract had been previously signed with an Uzbek company that was receiving $15 million for providing services in six ports, while the Kazakh company will receive $4 million for their services in three ports.
“Based on the contract, the Kazakh Company will provide us with technical facilities and run the Hairatan – Mazar railway,” Sharafat said, adding that the company would be paid $4,132,832 annually.
Meanwhile, the deputy head of the Fatih Company, Bisn Bai Makhanov, said that they would increase the number of employees based on capacity. He said that they had earned the contract through bidding.
A spokesperson of the Afghanistan Railway Authority says it is determined that an Afghan delegation will soon travel to Iran for talks on the railway between the two countries.
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan is connected via the Hairatan-Aqina and Khwaf-Herat railways to the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan as well as to Iran. Afghanistan is considered as a trade hub between South and Central Asian countries.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.