Chabahar rail to Central Asia, Afghanistan, a priority: Minister


Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development says the rail, air and road routes connecting Chabahar port to Afghanistan and then Central Asia which will facilitate transportation of goods and passengers is a top priority for his ministry.

In an International Conference on the Development of the Chabahar Port here on Tuesday, Mohammad Eslami putlined the economic and transit capacities of the port.

He noted that the railway link from Chabahar to Afghanistan and from there to Central Asia as well as another one connecting China to Europe via Iran were among the main programs in Iran's future railway network development plans.

The official said that the transit route of Afghanistan and Central Asia via the eastern border of the country will significantly shorten the Chabahar-Afghanistan distance.

The Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development added that widespread investment in various transportation sectors, especially in the port, sea and customs transit projects and infrastructure along with stong government support has made the Chabahar port a regional transit hub between India and Afghanistan.

He said the removal of some existing obstacles and progress of the development plans will lead to a transit boom in this direction.

Eslami noted that a new chapter in the life of the Chabahar Port which includes players at national, regional and international levels will prompt the comprehensive development of the deprived region it is located in.