Tehran – Agence France Presse reported that China will build a train line connecting the Iranian port of Bushehr to the rest of the country’s railway network under a USD 700 million deal signed. The agreement was inked in Tehran in the presence of Iranian Transport Minister Mr Abbas Akhoundi and officials from China Machinery Industry Construction Group. It will see the group build a 400-kilometer railway between the Gulf port and the southern city of Shiraz, IRNA state news agency cited officials as saying, without specifying when construction would get underway.
This would complete the “North-South Railway Corridor” in line with Iran’s goal of becoming a transport hub for goods between the Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, Russia and Central Asia.
Products arriving at Bushehr, Iran’s second-biggest port after Bandar Abbas, also on the Gulf, currently have to be transported by road. According to IRNA, the Bushehr-Shiraz rail project is one of seven the government is working on totaling 2,300 kilometers in tracks.