0915 GMT September 24, 2019
Kheirollah Khademi, the managing director of Iran's Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructures Company (CDTIC), said the company needs to lay 20 kilometers of rail along the railroad to connect the city of Rasht to the national rail system, ISNA reported.
He added that the Rash-Qazvin railway will be completed in early May.
The segment is a part of the International North-South Transport Corridor, which will connect Northern Europe to Southeast Asia. It will serve as a link between the railway systems of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia. In the initial stage, the corridor will transport five million tons of cargo per year and the figure will rise to over 10 million tons in the future.
To complete the North-South Corridor mega project, three railroad segments connecting the northwestern city of Qazvin to the border city of Astara should be constructed within Iran.
The first segment is Qazvin-Rasht, which, according to Iranian officials, will be completed in the coming weeks.
The second segment, connecting the cities of Rasht and Astara, is expected to be constructed within three years with financial assistance from Azerbaijan.
In the meantime, the two sides have already inaugurated the Astara-Astara segment, which connects the two border cities by the same name in Iran and Azerbaijan.