Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 3
By Fatih Karimov– Trend:
The first phase of Shahid Behehshti port in Chabahar inaugurated during a ceremony attended by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and representatives from 17 countries.
The strategic port, located in south eastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan is expected to link trade corridors from India to Afghanistan, Central Asian countries and Russia.
Rouhani said that the port has significant importance which can connect the North-South corridor to Indian Ocean in a shorter route, the state-run IRINN TV reported Dec. 3.
He further underlined the port’s importance from the political viewpoint, saying that the Chabahar port will contribute to development of Iran’s ties with eastern and northern neighbors and in a later stage with European countries.
Despite other international North-South corridors which are linked to Persian Gulf, the the trade corridors that pass through Chabahar will be connected to the ocean, he added.
Referring to the port’s economic importance, Rouhani said that the goods will be supplied to Iranian neighbours in a shorter time and more suitable price.
He expressed hope that other development phases of Shahid Behehshti port of Chabahar will be inaugurated as soon as possible, in order to increase the port’s capacity.
The project to develop Shahid Beheshti Port started in 2007. Iranian government has invested about $1 billion for developing the first phase of Shahid Behshti Port.
Chabahar is capable of reducing transportation costs to Central Asia and Afghanistan and its capacity is expected to reach 8.5 million tons in the first phase.
The port is now capable of receiving 100,000-ton ships.
About 1.1 million tons of wheat is expected to be transported to Afghanistan from India through Chabahar.
The overall development of Shahid Beheshti is planned to be taken place in four phases thus bringing its total annual cargo capacity to 82 million tons.
India, Iran and Afghanistan have signed an agreement to give Indian goods, heading toward Central Asia and Afghanistan, preferential treatment and tariff reductions at Chabahar.