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World Bank, Transport Ministry discuss rehabilitation of Osh-Batken-Isfana-Kairagach road

May 15, 2014

Rehabilitation of the Osh-Batken-Isfana-Kairagach road requires preliminary rehabilitation of a segment of Nookat Pass and a ring road leading to the Osh Airport, World Bank'sSector Manager Transport for Europe and Central Asia Juan Gaviria said during a meeting with Minister of Transport and Communications of Kyrgyzstan Kalykbek Sultanov on May 14.

The Minister stressed the strategic importance of the Osh-Batken-Isfana road. "Rehabilitation of some road segments allowed to change lives of local residents for the better. They may move from one village to another faster and cheaper. People do not need to pass repeated inspections on the borders of neighboring states. Previously, they spent 5-6 hours to get from Batken to Osh, but now it takes only 2-3 hours. I believe that full rehabilitation of the road will improve the socio-economic situation of the southern regions of Kyrgyzstan," he said.

In the framework of the program on development of transport corridor in Central Asia, the World Bank plans to rehabilitate the border road (Tajikistan) running through Osh, Batken, Isfana and Kairagach, the press service of the Ministry explained.

The Kyrgyz Government, in turn, intends to develop a regional transport corridor for subsequent conduct of freight and passenger traffic to the neighboring countries. The World Bank funded the feasibility study as well.

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Source: AKIpress News Agency (Kyrgyz Republic)