Over 3,000 kilometers of railways under construction in Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 7
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:
Some 3,410 kilometers of railways are being laid in Iran, Iranian Deputy Minister of Road and Urban Development Khairullah Khademi said at the event in Iran dedicated to the launch of the Birjand-Yunesi railroad project (two cities in South Khorasan and Razavi Khorasan provinces).
Many Iranian provinces will join the railway network after the construction is finished, Khademi added, Trend reports referring to IRNA.
The railways of 22 provinces have already joined the railways of Iran's West Azerbaijan, Kermanshah and Hamadan provinces and 720 kilometers of railways have been commissioned over the past two years, Khademi said.
The Mashhad-Zahedan-Chabahar railway stretching 1,500 kilometers is under construction and this is one of the most important projects in international transport, the deputy minister said.
Pakistan and Afghanistan will have an access to Turkmenistan, other Central Asian countries through Sarakhs checkpoint and further to the Caucasus as a result of joining Mashhad railway with Chabahar railway, Khademi said.
The deputy minister said that the 32-kilometer-long Birjand-Yunesi railway is part of the Mashhad-Zahedan-Chabahar railway and 900 billion rials (about $21.4 million) will be spent for this railway project.
Some 20 million tons of mining materials are planned to be transported by railway during the next 15 years, Khademi said.