Iran will commission the Qazvin-Rasht railway in 2017, Mohsen Pour Seyyed Aghaei, the head of the Iranian railways, said on the occasion of the “North-South international transport route: new directions, development and prospects” forum.
“The construction of the Rasht-Astara railway will begin in 2016 and will be completed in 2019. These railways are part of the North-South railway corridor, he said.
“The implementation of the railway project Qazvin-Rasht-Astara requires an investment of $1.5 billion. But this project is a priority for Iranian government and we will ensure the necessary funds,” Seyyed Aghaei said. “Development of cargo transportation could give momentum to global economic recovery.”
“First option is to connect, by rail, Iranian and Azerbaijani cities of Astara. Iran together with Azerbaijan has made a commitment that the process will be completed by the end of 2016. In this case, goods will be transported from Bandar Abbas to Qazvin via railway. Then they will be transported to Astara by other vehicles and then – transported via the Azerbaijani railways,” Aghaei said. The second option envisages cargo transportation via Iran’s Amirabad port, he added.
“Within four months we will create the opportunity to direct the loading of goods directly on to ships at the port. Then from Amirabad th ships will be delivering the goods to Baku’s Alat port and then to Georgia via railway.