Iran to Establish Rail Link with Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan

June 29. Trend

Iran to Establish Rail Link with Turkmenistan, KazakhstanIranian Minister of Roads and Urban Developments Ali Nikzad announced that construction phase of a railway connecting Iran to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan will be completed by early 2012, Fars News Agency reported.

“The railroad will be completed by the end of the (Iranian) year (March 2012) and Iran will be connected to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and China,” the minister said on Tuesday.

The minister added that the 86-kilometer railroad, which draws $150 million, is a portion of a 920-kilometer railway that the three countries agreed to build in 2007.

Nikzad went on to say that Iranian engineers are constructing about 265 kilometers of the railroad inside Turkmenistan. He added that the construction of the Turkmen portion of the railroad will be completed by the end of 2011.

The primary agreement on the construction of the rail link among Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan was signed between presidents of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in April 2007 in the city of Turkmenbashi and its final agreement was signed in a summit meeting in Tehran in September of the same year by the three presidents.

The total route of the railway is 1000 kilometers, of which 90 kilometers would be in Iran, 700 kilometers in Turkmenistan and 210 kilometers in Kazakhstan.

The project will be completed in 2011.

The railway facilitates transportation of goods from the Central Asian countries to the Persian Gulf.