TEHRAN (Iran News) – Vice President and Head of the Budget and Planning Organization Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said that Zahedan-Khashrailway will open in the next few months.Speaking to reporters, Nobakht said about 46 projects are under construction with spending 570 billion tomans.
He added that Zahedan-Khash railway will bring about significant developments with regard to trade relations and will improve southeastern provinces’ conditions.
The railway will used 90% for transferring cargo and 10% for passengers, he noted.
It is to create eastern corridor, to connect Chabahar Port to Iran’s railways network, Central Asian states, help develop Makran and pave the way for promoting Sistan and Baluchestan economy.
Chabahar with its important strategic position is the main center for development. The port plays a key role in the exchange of goods among Central Asian states.
Thanks to having joint borders with two neighboring countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Chabahar can function as a route to join the Indian Ocean and Africa to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The Iranian government earlier announced that it will finish construction of a railway, that connects the oceanic port of Chabahar to Central Asia.
The 750-kilometer railroad starts from Shahid Beheshti harbor at Chabahar Port and will connect it to Zahedan, the provincial capital of Sistan and Baluchestan. The government has so far provided more than 950 million dollars for the mega railway project.
This railway will be later connected to Sarakhs on the Turkmen border, linking the Iranian railroads to that of the Central Asian nations.