ASHGABAT (TCA) — The construction of Ashgabat-Turkmenabat motor road in Turkmenistan has been currently put on hold, independent foreign-based news website Chronicles of Turkmenistan reports.
Because of the lack of funding construction workers have not received their salaries for the past two to three months. For this reason, many resign to look for a different job. There is no funding even to purchase fuel for construction equipment, correspondents of Chronicles of Turkmenistan report.
Over a month ago President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov inspected the construction site of Ashgabat-Turkmenabat motorway. At that time, it was said that the commissioning of the first section of the road — Ashgabat-Tejen — was rescheduled from the end of last year to 2021. A more precise date for completing construction works was not specified.
The project’s contractor is Türkmen Awtoban, whereas private companies Nusaýýollary and Hyzmat merkezi as well as business entities Edermen and Altyn nesil act as subcontractors.
The deadlines for commissioning the second (Tejen-Mary) and the third sections (Mary-Turkmenabat) of the motorway remain unchanged and are scheduled for December 2022 and December 2023, respectively.
The total value of the project, which is scheduled to be finalized by late 2023, is estimated at $2.3 billion.
Turkmen companies were tasked to build motorways Ashgabat-Turkmenabat and Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi after Turkey-based Polimex had rejected the offer by the Turkmen authorities to build the motorway at its own expense and cover the expenditures from profits the toll motorway is expected to generate in the future.