India’s operations at Iran’s strategic Chabahar port are scheduled to boost delivery in January with four heavy cranes, months after the deal with a Chinese state-run firm was canceled amid border standoffs.
In September, India canceled a nearly $ 30 million contract with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries for four rail-mounted Kwai cranes, citing delays by the Chinese company in the supply of ordered equipment in 2017, due to heavy cargo Required to move.
Following a new tender for a 65-tonne capacity crane, the equipment was sourced from a Western company and is now expected to reach Chabahar by next month. He declined to give further details in view of the sensitivity associated with US sanctions on Iran, although the Chabahar port is exempted.
The people further said that the Iranian side had requested the Indian government for railway equipment including locomotives, signaling gear and railway stations to ease operations on the Chabahar-Zahedan and Khaf-Herat railway lines.
The Iranian side has suggested that the device may be provided by India under a $ 150 line of credit that was proposed a few years ago, people said.
These developments come in the wake of a major section of the 220-kilometer Khaf-Herat railway link to begin on December 10, eventually connecting to meet a decision by Khaqan in Iran and Rozkan in Herat province in Afghanistan and Tehran in November. Will do. The 628-kilometer Chabahar-Zahedan rail line, which runs from the port to the Afghan border with its own funds, instead of waiting for the participation of Indian Railway Construction Limited (IRCON).
“Iran has decided to complete all the infrastructure on its behalf and India is welcome to join all the projects. For example, they can supply railway equipment and develop other facilities like refineries and petro-chemical industry in the Chabahar Free Trade Zone, ”said one of the people mentioned above, connecting the Chabahar-Zahedan rail link Expected to be completed by July 2021.
The Foreign Ministry recently stated that IRCON had completed a feasibility study and was awaiting a decision on the name of a nodal authority from the Iranian side. However, it is believed that private firms were hesitant to deal with a company linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Committee (IRGC), which has been approved by the US.
Aamid pointed out that some quarters are calling for the Khaf-Herat rail link to be extended south towards the Pakistan border, with people saying that there is interest in taking the line north of Uzbekistan and suggested that India take such ventures Can play an important role in.
India, Iran and Uzbekistan held their first trilateral meeting focused on Chabahar port on 14 December and people said that this body is expected to meet every three months to pursue strategic trade and joint use of the joint facility. Increase regional connectivity.
“Given its wide presence in Afghanistan, India can play a role in helping develop the Khaf-Herat railroad and extend it to Uzbekistan. Despite the sanctions and the Kovid-19 epidemic, the Khaf-Herat line was opened and it would help promote landslides in Afghanistan, ”said the person above.
In May 2016, India Ports Global and Iran’s Aria Benader Iranian Port & Marine Services Company equipped and operated the $ 10 on 10 Shahid Beheshti Terminal at Chabahar Port with a capital investment of $ 85.21 million and annual revenue expenditure of $ 22.95 million. Signed an agreement to. – Your lease.
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