Baku, Azerbaijan, April 29
Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran and India started testing the North-South transport corridor on April 29 as part of a sports car rally.
The event is organized jointly by the Federation of Freight Forwarders of India and the sports club "Kalinga Motor", said Iranian Ministry of Roads and Urban Development.
The Iranian bodies participating in the organization of the race are the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Road Facilities, the Federation of Motorcycles and Vehicles and the Customs Board of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The 30-day rally will take place on the route stretching Shiraz, Isfahan, Tehran, Qazvin, Rasht to the Astara port on Iranian territory and then on the route through Moscow to St. Petersburg and back with the finish in Chabahar. Twenty trucks participate in the competitions, one from Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan, while the rest will belong to the Indian teams. Around 39 participants take part in the competition.
The North-South transport corridor is designed to connect Northern Europe with India and Southeast Asia. The route will also connect the railways of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.
At an initial stage, six million tons of cargo are planned to be transported through the corridor per year and 15-20 million tons of cargo in future.