0531 GMT April 22, 2021
On the sidelines of the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Khatibi told Mehr News Agency that Chabahar-Zahedan railway is the most important and strategic railway project in Iran.
The National Development Fund of Iran has allocated €300 million to the project, of which €100 million has been received, Khatibi said.
After completion, the Chabahar-Zahedan railway will have a huge impact on railway transportation in eastern Iran as it is planned to be linked to the Khaf-Herat railway, he noted.
Khaf-Herat railway is a major part of the Iranian railway corridor in the east of the country and the network will provide access to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, added the deputy minister.
As planned, the Khaf-Herat railway will be inaugurated in less than a month, he stressed.
Eslami said on Monday that seven projects are underway in the field of railways across the country, which will be finished by the end of the twelfth administration (August 2021).
Pointing to President Hassan Rouhani’s emphasis on the development of the railway industry, he said: “According to the president’s promise to connect five provinces by rail, this was done during the last Iranian year and these provinces have been connected to the railway network.”
Eslami noted that the Hamedan-Sanandaj and Hamedan-Malayer railway projects are under construction to complete the railway network in western Iran in minimum time.
The minister stated that the amount of cargo transported by rail in the Iranian year ending March 19, compared to the previous year, shows an increase of 25 percent.
He added, “Connecting the railways to neighboring countries and expanding transit lines is very important for Iran.”
Eslami said the Khaf-Herat railway project will be finished by Nov. 20, and the Iranian-Afghan railway will be used for the transit of goods in the region.