YEREVAN, February 15. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, South Caucasus Railways CEO Viktor Rebets, Armenian Transport and Communication Minister Gagik Beglaryan and Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan traveled today to northeastern Lori province to attend a ceremony for re-opening of Tumanyan railway station that saw a substantial reconstruction as part of an infrastructure modernization program.
More than 300 kilometers of railways, over 160 kilometers of contact network and Yerevan and Vanadzor railroad stations have been repaired under this program as well. Three new railway bridges were opened in 2012 alone.
The delegation headed by the prime minister was brought to the rail station by a new commuter train from Vanadzor, the province’s capital city. An exhibition of local artists’ works waited the guests in the railway station.
The bust of Hovhannes Tumanyan, prominent Armenian writer and poet, was unveiled here on the occasion of his 135th birth anniversary.
Lori Governor Arthur Nalbandyan and other provincial officials attended the ceremony as well.
Welcoming the guests, Viktor Rebets stressed that the station named for this famous Armenian writer and poet is not only a mere fragment of the railway infrastructure, but is also a part of Armenia’s historic and architectural legacy and its rich culture.
“The renovated station and this memory corner are expected to attract more tourists to this province,” he said. “We not only repaired the station, but also improved labor conditions a great deal.”
South Caucasus Railways, a 100-percent subsidiary of Russian Railways, runs Armenian Railway.
Armenian Railways was handed over to the South Caucasus Railways on February 13, 2008 for 30-year concession management with a right to prolong the management term for other 10 years. --0---