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Tajikistan, Oct. 4 - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has completed its first highway reconstruction project in Tajikistan, which involved the restoration and repair of stretches of roads linking the capital, Dushanbe, with the cities of Qurghonteppa and Kulob. Restoration work was also conducted on roads leading to neighbouring countries, said Tatyana Estifeyeva, an ADB representative in Dushanbe.
The road sector is the most important element of Tajikistan’s transport system, and the country’s transport sector has been made a priority by the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation programme. ADB will continue providing assistance in this field in the future said the bank’s country director for Tajikistan, Makoto Ojiro.
Estifeyeva said “implementation of the project began in 2003 and covered 103.9 kilometres of main roadways and 90.7 kilometres of country roads. A large number of roadside facilities have been built along main roadways, such as petrol stations, canteens, shops and car servicing centres, which have created jobs for people living nearby." ADB gave Tajikistan a long-term subsidised loan of $20.9 million for the project. The OPEC Fund provided a loan of $3.9 million, and the government of Tajikistan contributed $2.6 million. The total expenditure was $27.3 million.
According to the first deputy transport and communications minister, Jumahon Zuhurov, “the third phase of the project will begin in the near future with financial assistance from the ADB.”
The bank has also bankrolled a project to rebuild the first and second sections of the motorway linking Dushanbe with Kyrgyzstan, stretching a total length of 217 kilometres.