(MENAFN) The Iranian railway fleet has received 500 new domestically-made and renovated wagons and locomotives worth 21.7 trillion rials (about USD47.1 million) in a recent ceremony attended by Transport and Urban Development Minister Mehrdad Bazrpash. Of the 500 wagons and locomotives, 453 were new freight wagons, six were new locomotives, and nine were renovated locomotives. Additionally, the railway fleet received 10 new passenger wagons and 22 renovated ones.
This marks the fourth round of addition to the country's railway fleet in the current Iranian calendar year, which ends on March 20. Overall, 1,660 wagons and locomotives have been added to the railway fleet in the current year. The Iranian government has emphasized the development of the railway sector as a macro-policy in the country's national development plans.
Advantages such as consuming less fuel and creating less pollution, as well as high safety standards, prioritize the railway over some other transportation systems and make its development economically viable. The Iranian government has consistently invested in the development of the domestic railway industry, with new domestically-made locomotives and wagons regularly added to the national railway fleet.
In the first stage of the program for the renovation of the country's railway fleet in the current Iranian year, 156 freight wagons, three locomotives, including two renovated ones and a newly made one by MAPNA Group, as well as 10 renovated passenger wagons, were added to the railway fleet in early July 2022. In the second stage of the program, 413 new domestically-made locomotives and wagons worth over USD35 million were added to the railway fleet in late October last year.
In the third stage, the railway fleet received 428 new domestically-made and renovated wagons and locomotives in late December. The recent addition of 500 new wagons and locomotives to the railway fleet highlights the Iranian government's commitment to developing the domestic railway industry and improving the country's transportation infrastructure.
The addition of new wagons and locomotives to the railway fleet is expected to have a positive impact on the Iranian economy, creating new job opportunities and contributing to the country's economic development. As the country continues to invest in the development of its railway sector, it is likely that the national railway fleet will continue to expand, contributing to the country's growth and development.
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