Russian Railways expand cooperation with SCO« Back
More than 109 million tons of cargo were transported through the network of Russian railways in communication with the SCO countries in January-August this year. This is 7% more than the same period in 2018. This was reported by the press service of Russian Railways.
“Such dynamics indicate the existence of stable mutually beneficial relations in the SCO space both between railway administrations and in the business community. We are ready to support it and expand it in terms of cooperation with the railways”, said Oleg Belozerov, Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, at a meeting of the heads of the railway administrations of the SCO countries in the capital of Kazakhstan.
He noted that the company is ready to expand cooperation with the SCO countries on engineering and infrastructure development.
Belozerov noted that the development of technical documentation for the project to modernize the Nagpur-Secunderabad railway line in India has already been completed in order to increase passenger speed to 200 km / h. The management of Russian Railways is also interested in joining the work of the Chinese-Kyrgyz-Uzbek working group on the project for the construction of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China line. Together with its Uzbek colleagues, the company is working on the issue of participation in the electrification project of the Bukhara - Urgench - Khiva section.
According to Russian Railways, 244 thousand km of the SCO countries' railways account for about 70% of the global cargo turnover, of which almost a third are Russian railways.
The railways of the SCO countries could better reveal their potential if some problems are solved. According to Alexander Misharin, First Deputy General Director of Russian Railways, one of the most serious problems is the different standards of the railway track and the associated difficulties in connecting railways of different countries. So, there is no pairing of the railway networks of India and Pakistan, which have a track of 1670 mm with the railways of other countries with a track of 1520 mm and 1435 mm. In addition, according to Misharin, it is necessary to lay 600 km of railways on the territory of Afghanistan in order to connect them with the railways of Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan. Also, the problem of mismatch between the railway track of Russia and China is currently being addressed.
Significant growth in trade entailed the need to expand the capacity of border crossings and reduce the processing time of goods crossing the border.
Today, the nomenclature of goods is changing. A significant share of transportation is profitable and highly profitable cargo. Among them are cars and spare parts for them, furniture, and electronics. There are goods for which it is very important to comply with the delivery time. As a result, transportation requirements are significantly increased. The issue of optimizing the work of railways, customs and border services, as well as various infrastructure projects, is becoming urgent.
Currently, Russian Railways is opening new routes for the movement of Chinese goods not only across Russia and Europe, but also to the SCO countries.
“We want to create a “seamless” service for a strategic task - a fourfold increase in transit over the next five years. To do this, we are working to synchronize the expansion of border crossing capacity, including in the Sino-Mongolian direction”, said Alexander Misharin.