President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated Pirshaghi-Goradil-Novkhani-Sumgayit section of Absheron circular railway after renovation
On March 18, the opening of Absheron circular railway took place after renovation of Pirshaghi-Goradil-Novkhani-Sumgayit section.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the opening ceremony.
President departed from Pirshaghi station to Goradil by train.
With the opening of the reconstructed Pirshaghi-Gorilil-Novkhani-Sumgayit line, Absheron circular railway will be fully commissioned. So, Baku-Keshla-Koroglu-Bakikhanov-Sabunchu railway line was commissioned in May last year, and Sabunchu-Zabrat-1-Zabrat-2-Mammadli-Pirshagi railway line was commissioned in November last year. The operational length of the Absheron ring railway line is 91 kilometers, and its total length, is 198 kilometers.
Then President Ilham Aliyev arrived at the Goradil station.
The President was informed about the work done. All conditions have been created for the convenience of Goradil residents and convenient use of rail transportation. The building is equipped with all necessary infrastructure. The platforms are also modernized.
In total, 15 stations and stops have been built and overhauled along the Goradil-Novkhani-Sumgayit passenger line. The total area of the reconstructed Goradil stop is 6300, and the total area of the Novkhani stop is more than 8,000 square meters. New platforms, underground pedestrian crossings, parking for cars and bicycles have been built at all stops along the line. 3 automobile tunnels and 8 pedestrian crossings have been designed along the Pirshaghi-Goradil-Novkhani-Sumgayit rail line.
Later, the President departed from the station Goradil to Novkhani.
To ensure the safety of trains, 10 underground tunnels have been built and two of them are under construction. To ensure the safety of pedestrians, 25 underground and overground pedestrian crossings have been built , and the railway, communications and signaling systems have been reconstructed. All the necessary work has been done to ensure the safety of high-speed train traffic.
The President arrived at the Novkhani stop.
There are all the necessary amenities for the convenience of passengers at the Novkhani stop. This stop will also function at the advanced level after reconstruction. Extensive landscaping work has been done and lighting systems have been installed.
President Ilham Aliyev cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the Pirshaghi-Goradil-Novkhani-Sumgayit section of the Absheron circular railway.
Javid Gurbanov, Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways Closed Joint-Stock Company, spoke about ongoing reconstruction and promising projects on Absheron circular railway line.
The citizen of Azerbaijan is at the center of state policy implemented in our country under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev. Particular attention is paid to the solution of social problems of the population, further improvement of their social welfare and in regard with this, successive projects are being implemented. The work carried out by our country on the modernization of the social infrastructure complies with international standards. In recent years, on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev, have been implemented important and consistent projects on modernization of the railway in Azerbaijan. It demonstrates not only the economic potential of our country but also the attention paid to the social sphere in Azerbaijan at the state level.
As a result of the work done, the modern transport infrastructure created in Azerbaijan, primarily serves to create the comfort of citizens. Among these projects, reconstruction of the Absheron circular railway line is of great importance. The implementation of this project will allow residents of suburban areas to conveniently and safely reach the city and back.
The President met with the railwaymen.
Congratulating the railwaymen on the upcoming holiday, President Ilham Aliyev said:
– Heartily congratulate you on the forthcoming Novruz holiday and wish you new success. The circular railway line, which is one of the most important transport projects in Baku, is ready for operation on the eve of spring holiday Novruz. This line will serve both residents of Baku and residents of Sumgait, Absheron district. In general, millions of people will take advantage of this opportunity. Thus, the circular line, which is one of the most important transport projects of Baku and the Absheron Peninsula, has been completed.
The length of this line in one direction is 91 km, in general, the laying of about 200 km of railway was fulfilled. This once again proves that the Azerbaijani state continues its social policy by implementing such large projects. As costs on the construction of this ring railroad can be reimbursed, perhaps only in 100 years, since we have very low railway fares. Our main goal is to create excellent opportunities and comfortable conditions for people
The construction of this railway will also have a positive impact on urban transport, traffic jams and traffic loads will be decreased, and the environmental condition of Baku and Sumgait, as well as Absheron district will improve, since vehicles are major source of air pollution.
In general, a lot of work has been done to modernize the bus fleet in Baku and purchase modern buses. It is planned to bring 300 new buses this year. Last year, 300 buses were delivered. Of course, transport problems of the city and the Absheron peninsula are resolved in a coordinated manner. Subway, railway, buses, taxis – today Azerbaijan is among the leading countries in this regard.
Double-decker trains produced by leading companies of the world, which are very convenient for citizens, were purchased and delivered. They are used in the capitals of the most developed countries. I can say that in this regard we are ahead of many countries. In other words, the work done as a result of comprehensive measures and as part of the state investment program has been completed, and the circular road has been fully commissioned.
I am glad that the railway workers coped with this important task. Two years ago I signed an Order concerning the construction of the circular railway, and all the work was completed in a short time. I was regularly informed about the construction of the road. I personally got acquainted with the situation several times at various stages of its construction, and controlled the progress of the work. This is my sixth participation in the opening of this road at various stages. At different times I went along this line six times – Pirshagi station, Sabunchu Railway Station, Sumgait Railway Station, Baku Railway Station, and today. All these small discoveries pursued one goal – to please our people before Novruz Bayram. This is one of the greatest gifts to people living on the Absheron Peninsula. This proves once again that Azerbaijan speaks for itself in the social sphere. Although it requires a large amount of money, we do it to ensure that people can live comfortably, can quickly get to work, home, so that their safety is ensured, since sometimes traffic accidents, unfortunately, can cause serious consequences. Therefore, having analyzed all these factors in terms of safety, environmental balance, time and convenience will convince everyone that this line is of great importance.
The work will continue. The map presented to me today shows the future plans of Azerbaijan Railways. It is planned to construct railways in other settlements and villages, to develop projects. We will gradually do this so that most of villages of the Absheron peninsula have convenient railway.
In general, things are going well in the transport sector. Great successes were achieved both in the past and this year. Railway and road construction – is carried out at the highest level. Currently, the main task is to disinfect wagons. It needs to be paid much attention, since today the whole world is suffering from coronavirus. Azerbaijan has taken preventive measures in this direction. That is why the spread of coronavirus in our country is not currently widespread. But this is so bad from which no country can consider itself completely insured. The crisis experienced today even in the most developed countries is evident. Therefore, all citizens should be responsible, pay attention to personal hygiene. At the same time, agencies involved in public works and public transport must also carry out this work with full responsibility and carry out disinfection so that there are not many cases of infection.
Of course, borders are closed now. However, no any country has closed its border for transportation. Therefore, we will continue our work in the field of cargo transportation. I am sure that our country and our people will overcome this.
I heartily congratulate you once again and wish you all the success. Thanks.
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Javid Gurbanov: Mr. President, on behalf of the railway workers, we thank you for your care.
President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you.