Uzbekistan to Introduce Hyundai Rotem High-Speed Electric Trains for Tashkent-Khiva Route

17:50 19 March 2024 Economy
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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Tashkent plant for the construction and repair of passenger wagons.

The railway infrastructure is undergoing significant development in Uzbekistan, paralleled by a notable rise in the number of flights. This, in turn, increases the demand for railcars. At this plant, a diverse range of 16 types of passenger railroad cars are both manufactured and repaired. 

Last year, the plant manufactured 32 passenger railroad cars and successfully repaired 319 others. Notably, 70 percent of spare parts were localized through cooperation. 

Over the past years, the production tally has surpassed 300 passenger and service railroad cars, with over 50 units exported. Furthermore, a total of 112 metro cars have undergone modernization, marking a significant upgrade in the efficiency and quality of the subway system.
The carriages are designed for a 28-year service life, adhering rigorously to international standards. They prioritize passenger comfort, safety, and top-notch quality. 

Recent upgrades have been implemented to enhance the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, further elevating the overall travel experience. The water heating unit is ingeniously designed to operate efficiently using both electricity and coal as energy sources. 

Additionally, special devices have been installed onboard to provide passengers with access to clean and chilled drinking water, as well as convenient charging stations for their phones.  The plant employs 619 engineers and workers dedicated to ensuring the highest standards of quality and service.

The President personally inspected the wagons and underscored the imperative to overhaul their design for enhanced passenger comfort. The President assigned tasks to expand the electric train network, particularly extending its reach to densely populated districts, and establish independent power generation facilities for the railway sector.

This year, hundreds of cars are planned to be built and repaired. Specialized cars designed for mining and metallurgical enterprises, along with new models featuring wide compartments are also included in plans for the current year. 

A new project outlining plans for the establishment of electric train and metro train production facilities was reviewed.
 
The planned launch of a high-speed train service between Tashkent and Khiva was also reported. The President discussed this initiative during his speech at the opening ceremony of the Jaloliddin Manguberdy monument in Khorezm in 2022. For this purpose, a high-speed electric train from the South Korean company Hyundai Rotem is planned to be acquired. The electric train, comprising 7 cars, will accommodate 351 seats and can operate at a speed of 250 kilometers per hour.

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