News ID: 120487
Published: 0704 GMT June 20, 2015

Indian government firm on developing Chabahar port

Indian government firm on developing Chabahar port

The Indian government has finally decided to participate in the development of Chabahar port.

This can be inferred from the visit in May of a port delegation from India to the zone to study the details of implementing an investment agreement and participation in the development of Iranian Shahid Beheshti port and a change in their attitude, IRNA reported.

A glance at the history of the visits by Indian officials to the port in the past decade and comparing them with the recent trip further confirm that India has adopted a new approach to the development of the strategic zone. The country does not intend to lag behind other rivals in boosting presence in the zone.

Headed by N. Muruganandam, the joint secretary of Indian Ports, the delegation visited Iran to study the details of an agreement signed earlier between the Iranian Ministry of Roads and Urban Development and Indian Ministry of Shipping.

The delegation comprised presidents of 300-million-ton ports in India which indicated their eligibility to develop Chabahar's 89-million-ton port.

During the visit, Muruganandam said India is determined to develop the port since this is absolutely vital for the Indian government.

During the visit, the Indian delegation studied ways to connect Chabahar Free Trade Zone to Shahid Kalantari and Shahid Beheshti ports and establish a company, the rate of tariffs, the process of recruiting workforce and the completion date of the first phase of the development project of Shahid Beheshti port.

Speaking in a meeting with the Indian delegation, Siavash Rezvani, the director general of Sistan-Baluchestan province's Ports and Maritime Organization, said the manufacturing engineering operations of Shahid Beheshti port's development project and construction of its electricity network will be completed by the second half of 2017.

In the year to mid-March 2015, 2.1 million tons of goods were loaded and unloaded at the port including soy beans, wheat and minerals.

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