BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 27
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
The annual capacity of Iranian ports amounted to 180 million tons in August 2013 (when the current Iranian government came to power), while this figure will exceed 285 million tons by the first half of next Iranian year (September 2021), Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami said, Trend reports citing the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).
According to Eslami, this means that the capacity of Iranian ports will increase by about 100 million tons.
Eslami added that with the creation of this potential, Iranian ports will become not only loading and unloading areas, but also production areas. The goods will be easily transported to both the local market and the markets of other countries by the creation of production opportunities in the İranian ports. This is a factor accelerating the development of Iranian ports. In addition, the repair of 1,000 ships in Iran is in the spotlight.
The minister noted that Iran plans to increase cargo transportation through railways to 30 percent. The increasing the number of railway lines, laying railway lines to manufacturing enterprises are among the priorities of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development of Iran.
"There were 10,700-kilometer long railway lines in Iran at the beginning of the current government. This figure will exceed 14,000 kilometers by the end of next Iranian year (March 20, 2022)," he said.
The minister stressed that within the current government, 5 provinces have been connected to the Iranian railway network, and 4 more provinces will be connected to the railway network by the end of the current government (August 2021).