Azerbaijan-Iran rail link finished by year end, says railways chief

14/01/2016
Azerbaijan Railways President Javid Qurbanov

Azerbaijan Railways President Javid Qurbanov

The contract to complete the Azerbaijan-Iran rail link section of the North-South International Transport Corridor will soon be put out to tender and should be finished by the end of the year, Azerbaijan Railways chief Javid Qurbanov announced this week.” By the end of 2016, the construction of the 7.5 km long section of the line that stretches to the Iranian border and a 100 m long railway bridge on the border will be complete,” he said.
North South Transport CorridorThe Corridor is a ship, rail, and road route designed to facilitate the movement of freight between India, Russia, Iran, Europe and Central Asia with a view to increasing trade connectivity between major cities including Mumbai, Moscow, Tehran,Baku, Bandar Abbas, Astrakhan, and Bandar Anzali. A initial study suggests that the corridor could reduce transport costs by around $2,500 per 15 tons of cargo. Other routes under consideration include linking Armenia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to the transport network.
Source: News.AZ