Iran inaugurates 3rd major railway project connecting Rasht to Anzali industry zone

(MENAFN) Iran inaugurated its third major railway project connecting the northern city of Rasht to the Anzali Free Trade and Industry Zone on the shores of the Caspian Sea on Thursday. The opening ceremony of this significant infrastructure development was attended by Acting President Mohammad Mokhber and Minister of Transport and Urban Development Mehrdad Bazrpash.

This new railway line establishes a direct freight transport route from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf through Iran's existing railway network. Khairullah Khademi, CEO of the company specializing in Iran's transportation infrastructure, highlighted that this rail route constitutes the final segment of the North-South Sea Corridor. The railway is designed to carry a maximum of seven million tons of freight annually and accommodate 600,000 passengers, Khademi noted.

Minister Bazrpash, speaking at the inauguration ceremony, underscored a 55 percent increase in goods transit from Iran during the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year (March-May 2024) compared to the same period last year. He credited the efforts of the late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's administration for prioritizing the completion of the Rasht-Caspian Rail project, which has been a cornerstone of enhancing Iran's connectivity and economic opportunities.

Bazrpash also highlighted Iran's strengthened diplomatic engagement under President Raisi, noting significant strides in regional and global diplomacy. He mentioned that 5.5 million tons of goods were successfully transited via Iranian territory and ports, underscoring Iran's growing role in regional logistics and trade facilitation.



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