Consultancy Services for Feasibility Study and Detailed Design of New Rail Link From Lashkargah to Bahramcha (260 km approx.) - Ministry of Public Works

Consultancy Services for Feasibility Study and Detailed Design of New Rail Link From Lashkargah to Bahramcha (260 km approx.)

Publish Date: May 15, 2017

Closing Date: Jun 06, 2017

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    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES

 

The railway line Lashkargah – Bahramcha which connects Afghanistan to Gwadar port (Pakistan) is vital for the development of the significant regional and international transport corridors e.g. Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACEKA), Central Asia Regional Economic cooperation (CAREC), Lapis Lazuli etc. which are in progress.

 

The Lashkargah - Bahramcha railway project is a part of Afghanistan Railway corridor- 2 (Herat–Farah–Helmand–Kandahar–Zabul, Ghazni–Logar and Kabul).  It is  one  of  the  most  important  railway  links,  as  it connects Afghanistan with neighboring country Pakistan and to South and Central Asia through Gwadar port. Gwadar Port is situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the city of Gwadar, located in the Pakistani state of Baluchistan. The port is located 533 km from Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, and is approximately 120 km from the Iranian border. It is located 380 km (240 mi) away from Oman, and near key oil shipping lanes from the Persian Gulf. The greater surrounding region is home to around two-thirds of the world's proven oil reserves. It is also the nearest warm-water sea-port to Afghanistan.

 

1.1 Project Objectives

 

 Linking Afghanistan railway to Gwadar port

 Regional connectivity

 Improve railway connectivity to Pakistan, South-Asia and Central-Asia

 Development of Railway transport infrastructure in Afghanistan

 Employment and job creation

 Contribute to the regional development in terms of economic transit and commercial goods.

 Social and environmental safeguard development

 It is to provide a large-capacity transport channel, which would play a positive role       in enhancing the economic and social development in Afghanistan.

 It can promote the development of mineral resources along the line, so that the resources superiority can be changed into the economic advantages.

 It  can  promote  the  building  of  north-south  transportation  main  artery  of  Afghanistan  to strengthen the exchange of goods between Afghanistan and the world

 

1.2        The Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) was established in November 2012 within the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) following the decision of the Afghan Government’s Cabinet.  Now it is an independent government authority and is the governing body for all railway sector planning, implementation of the National Railway Plan, development of network, operations and maintenance (O&M) of the railways in the country.  More importantly, ARA is responsible for the legal and regulatory policies governing rail investment, development, and operations.

 

Afghanistan Railway Authority, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan, aims to recruit a firm for Feasibility Study and Detailed Design of New Rail Link from Lashkargah to Bahramcha (260 km approx.) in accordance with the Procurement Law and Procedure of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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