Zahedan-Khash Railroad to be inaugurated

TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) – On the occasion of Government Week in Iran, the first section of the Zahedan-Chabahar Railroad that would complete the eastern railway corridor in Iran, will be inaugurated and

This section of the railroad is 154 km out of about 630 km of the strategic rail corridor as the missing part of the eastern railway corridor and part of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) within Iran. Heading to Sarakhs from the ocean port of Chabahar, the rail route links Iran and South Asia to the Central Asian and northern countries.

Deputy Minister and head of Construction and Development of Transport Infrastructures Company in Iran, Kheirollah Khademi, in a press conference, announced the infrastructural transport projects implemented in the last year since the Company is responsible for the construction and development of the rail and road infrastructures.

In the rail sector, presently there are 14,000 km railroad in Iran and contract for the construction of 3300 km of new rail routes. With a 6300 km railroad under study, in total 9600 new railroads is planned to be added to the rail network.  

In terms of finished rail projects within the last year, 142 km of the new railroad is developed and 158 km of rail track is accomplished, he informed.

Moreover, five rail projects with total lengths of 561 km are now completed with overall 70 percent physical progress. These projects include Miyaneh-Tabriz, Hamedan-Sanandaj, Rasht-Caspian, Miyaneh-Ardebil, and Zahedan-Khash Railroad which is to be operated before long. These projects will be finalized with 4,400 billion tomans investments.

In the road sector, there are currently 45,000 km road routes in Iran and by next year 730 km highway and the main way is to be added with 10,000 billion tomans credit.

Currently, there are 2,761 km freeways under operation and a 2018 km freeway under construction with joint investment by the private sector, and 1882 km under study.

Also, 129 km freeway is finalized within this year and five projects in the freeway will be inaugurated by the next year including Shiraz-Isfahan Freeway (210 km), Manjil-Roodbar Freeway (8 km), Tehran-Shomal (22 km remaining), Maragheh-Hashtrood Freeway (30 km), and Tabriz-Soofiyan Freeway (24 km). These projects need 5000 billion tomans finance which is jointly financed by the government and private sector.

For highway, 551 km is constructed and operated in this year plus 184 km main way and further 237 km highway in 16 provinces will soon be operated with 50 billion tomans credit. Additionally, 6031 km is under construction, and 3142 km is under study. The total length of the highway is expected to reach 35000 km.

MNA/mrud

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