Tashkomur

Tashkomur

Tashkomur is an old coal-mining town located 117 km Northwest from Jalal-Abad by the BishkekOsh highway. Tashkomur town is about 6 km in length and about 0.5 km in width stretching from North to South along the river Naryn. The town is known for its mineral ores and coal that was mined extensively during the Soviet regime. The first settlements at the city of Tash-Kumyr began with the  discovery of large coal deposits. The true development of coal mining started in the 1930s after the construction of the Tash-Kumyr-Andijan railway. The same year when a coal basin opened in this region, this small mining village was founded, which in 1943 grew into a city. Nowadays the deserted slag hills outside the town are evidence of the collapse of Kyrgyzstan’s coal industry since its independence and ending of the coal orders by the Soviet Union members. Tashkomur was a growing town with many industries and that created employment and wealth for many people living around the town. The Tashkmour and Shamldysay dams that were built across the Naryn River, were the sources of the electricity for the industry in the area. However, since the breakup of the Russian Union States in 1991 most of the industrial activities have stopped and the town is now a sad sight to see but it is a place to stop and wonder for a moment on the way to Sary Chelek or when moving South towards the Fergana valley. 

Apart from the industrial past, Tashkomur has been a place of Paleontological interest since the finding of the fossils of the dinosaurs. 

 

Thanks for the photos Eldar Prazdnik

HOW TO GET TO Tashkomur

Tashkomur can be reached from Jalal-Abad via the route M41 by driving about 150 km to the Northwest. There is also a regular bus service to Tashkomur from Jalalabad. From Bishkek to Tashkomur you can get a shared taxi from the West Bus Station that will cost about 800 som. There are no train services to Tashkomur even though there is a railway going through Ferghana valley. Those who want to fly need to use the Jalalabad airport.

 

Page last updated 1.10.2020

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