Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 25 / Trend, A.Yusifzade /
Delays in construction of highway and railway in Gilan and Mazandaran provinces is related to problems with purchase of land for construction, Iranian Minister of Road and Transportation Hamid Behbahani said.
According to Behbahani, landowners and the ministries should achieve agreement to intensify the transport projects, the Iranian Ministry of Road and Transportation said.
He urged officials to encourage people to transfer property rights.
Behbahani said nearly 5,000 kilometers of rail lines are currently under construction across the country.
"The government's efforts target soonest completion of the country's highway and railway projects," Behbahani said.
Earlier in January, Iran had announced China's interest in participating in the construction of eight railroad projects with a total length of about 5,000 kilometers in the Islamic Republic.
The projects included the Tehran-Mashhad 900-kilometer railway line, the 410-kilometer Tehran-Qom-Esfahan railway line, and the 370-kilometer Qazvin-Rasht-Anzali-Astara railway line.
Massoud Rahnama, an Iranian official, said the projects would cost about US $12 billion.
Iranian officials have announced future plans to expand the railroad westward to Iraq and ultimately to Syria.
Earlier, Iran and Russia signed an agreement to create a joint investment company to upgrade and invest in the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway which runs between Iran and Azerbaijan. This would entail electrifying the railway as well as having Russia send railway equipment to Iran to help with the modernization. There was also discussion of the creation of a sea-rail link between the Russian port of Makhachkala and the Iranian port of Amirabad.