First Railway After the Signing of the New Constitution to be Completed

KABUL, October 19 (Xinhua): The first railway network after the signing of the new constitution, which will connect Afghanistan to Iran, is expected to be completed before the end of 2008.

"The Khawaf-Herat railway linking Iran with the western Afghan city of Herat is 60 percent completed," the Afghan Ministry of Public Work (MoPW) was quoted as saying.

The 176-km-long railway, according to the MoPW, was launched in 2006 at a cost of U.S.$75 million U.S. to be completed possibly by the end of 2008.

There are plans to connect Afghanistan to all neighboring states via rail roads.

"Construction of railways between Afghanistan and its neighbors would speed up the flow of goods across the country's borders," Minister Rasouli said.