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Two new toll tunnels and three toll highways are planned to be built in Uzbekistan. This is provided for by a special “road map” for 2020-2022 approved by the President Mirziyoyev Monday. 

The first tunnel is planned to be built at Kamchik pass. The road on this pass being the only highway connecting Uzbekistan’s most populated part - the Ferghana Valley with the rest of the country. More than 21 thousand cars pass through the Kamchik pass per day.

The winner of the call for bids for the tunnel construction is planned to be awarded in March 2022, with the World Bank acting as the technical partner.

Another tunnel is planned to be built through the Takhtakaracha Pass.

The shortest path between the ancient cities of Samarkand and Shakhrisabz lies through the western spurs of the Zaravshon ridge, through the Takhtakaracha pass, is sometimes called Omon-Qutan, in honor of the village nearby. This narrow road that rises to a height of 1650 meters above sea level is dangerous, and therefore buses and minivans are forbidden.

The winner of the call for bids for the tunnel construction is planned to be awarded in May 2021, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development partnering for the project.

As for toll roads, these are Tashkent-Samarkand, Tashkent-Andijan and SyrDarya-Bakht. Contracts with the winners are scheduled to be signed in the spring of 2021.

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