Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan railway to open December 3

Nov 16. Press TV

Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan railway to open December 3Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan railway line is scheduled to become operational in early December, an Iranian official says.

“Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan railway will be operational on December 3 in the presence of the presidents of the three countries,” Aneh Mohammad Kouseh-Gharavi, a board member of Islamic Republic of Iran Railway, said on Sunday.

Kouseh-Gharavi further said Iran has so far spent USD 52.3 million on its own section of the international railroad and the country needs another USD 112 million to complete the project, which is being jointly funded by the three countries.

The length of the railway is 900 kilometers, 82 kilometers of which passes through Iran, 700 kilometers through Turkmenistan and 120 kilometers through Kazakhstan.

The route will cut up to 600 kilometers of the distance between the Persian Gulf, Central Asia and Europe, leading to a considerable reduction of transportation costs.