Prospects of cooperation in Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway construction discussed

Business Materials 19 November 2013 11:09 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 19
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

At a meeting held in the city of Manjil, in the Iranian province of Gilan between representatives of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Russia and Iran, it was agreed to continue cooperation with the construction of the Rasht-Astara and Rasht-Anzali railways, deputy head of Gilan province for construction work Muhammad Agajanzade told Trend on Nov.18.
According to him, the sides discussed the need for the construction of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway and the use and importance it being built in the region.

On Nov.17 a meeting was held in the city of Manjil in the province of Gilan. This was attended by the head of the Gilan province, representatives of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, the ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and the consuls general of Russia and Finland.

The participants were updated on the construction plans of the Qazvin-Rasht railway.
Agajanzade stressed that the meeting discussed the issue of construction of the railways to the two most important ports of Gilan - Astara and Anzali.

"It is envisaged to construct railways stretching 161 kilometres from Rasht to Astara and 41 kilometres from Rasht to Anzali. Currently, work has been completed on the engineering design," he stressed.

According to him, participants agreed that the cooperation between the participating countries of the Rasht-Astara and Rasht-Anzali railway construction, project financing and other issues will be discussed at the next meeting.

Agajanzade stressed that more than 80 percent of the work on the construction of the Qazvin - Rasht railway had been completed.

It should be stressed that Iran's officials said that the Qazvin - Rasht- Astara railway will be constructed in March 2014. The rail route is complex and includes 22 tunnels and 15 special bridges. Around 70 per cent of the work for the construction of 15 tunnels has been completed.

It should be recalled that the Qazvin - Rasht- Astara railway is part of 'North -South' transport corridor and is being constructed by Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran.

A $400 million investment is planned to be made in the construction work. It is predicted that the trade corridor will hit six million tons at the first stage and 15-20 million tons in the future.