Legendary Dushanbe-Khorog highway celebrates 80th anniversary

The Tajik people have set a record in the world road construction while building the great Pamir highway.

The road from Dushanbe to Khorog, the western Pamir highway celebrated the 80th anniversary on September 6. The highway was completed in 3.5 months, and that set a new record in the world road construction. It was reported by ASIA-Plus.

The Western Pamir Highway was laid back in 1940. It connected the capital of Tajikistan with Khorog (the center of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region). The construction of the road was necessary because the settlements were cut off from each other by impenetrable mountains.To get to Dushanbe from Khorog it was necessary to pass through Osh in Kyrgyzstan (732 km), then continue the way by rail (1551 km). In 1939, residents of Khorog and the Garm region (now the Rasht region) asked the government to allow them to build the Dushanbe-Khorog highway.

The official planned that the work would be completed within 5 years due to the complexity of the project. The Tajik people eventually completed construction in 104 days. During the work, they used the hanging bridges and fell down several times. The conditions were tough. The length of the road was 567 km. As a result, 452 builders were awarded orders and medals of the USSR.

It should be added that the western Pamir Highway is a part of the road from Osh to Dushanbe with a length of 1200 km. The National Geographic magazine named legendary tract one of the most beautiful highways in the world.

07 сен 2020, 16:06

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