Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Thursday, August 12, launched the reconstruction of the eastern branch of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM).
“Today we have laid a stone symbolizing the beginning of the reconstruction of the eastern branch of the Baikal-Amur Mainline. This is a 340 km long section from Ulak to Fevralsk. The significance of this section of the BAM for the country’s economy is enormous, ”he said at the ceremony of laying a memorial stone on the occasion of the beginning of the reconstruction of the BAM.
As the minister noted, by the end of 2024, when the road is put into operation, the transport capabilities of Eastern Siberia will also increase. According to Shoigu, Russia will thus be able to expand its access to the markets of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
The head of the Ministry of Defense said that modern townships were promptly built for military railroad workers on the way of building the BAM section.
On July 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin via video link launched the railway traffic along the second Baikal tunnel, which connected two regions – the Irkutsk region and Buryatia. The head of state stressed that the commissioning of this facility will open up new opportunities for realizing the transit potential of Russia.
Earlier, on June 30, it was reported that the Ministry of Defense intends to employ 1.8 thousand people for the reconstruction of the BAM. The military department explained that they explained that the Eastern Military District is responsible for work on the section from the Ulak station to the Miroshnichenko junction with a length of 156 km, and the Central Military District is responsible for the section from the Miroshnichenko junction to the Fevralsk station with a length of 183 km.
In total, in the eastern section of BAM in 2021-2024, it is planned to build nine double-track inserts, nine sidings, as well as a second main track.