Working Groups on North-South Corridor to Meet in Baku
Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 May / Trend / From 26 to 28 May, a trilateral meeting of working groups within the framework of the North-South transport corridor will be held in Baku, the Azerbaijan State Railway reported.
The meeting will discuss a project on construction of the Gazvin- Resht -Astara - Astara ( Azerbaijan) railway track, expansion of trilateral cooperation and other issues.
The 'North-South' transport corridor project will establish a railway service linking Europe-Russia-Azerbaijan-Iran-India and South-East Asia.
The North-South transport corridor envisages the establishment of railway from Russian running via Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran and the Southeast Asian countries. Over $400mln is required to carry out the project and major part of the work needs to be done in Iran, which does not have railway till the border with Azerbaijan. Definite work worth over $20mln needs be done in Azerbaijan.
The work to be carried out in Azerbaijani territory is of a medium scale. An 8.5km road to Astara station ( Azerbaijan), a station with wheel-pair change systems and border and customs infrastructure has to be constructed. In addition a border railway bridge must be built as well. The implementation of the project will be carried out in par with Iran.
In the initial stage, the cargo deliveries via this corridor are forecasted to comprise 5mln tons a year and further to increase to 10-15mln tons a year.