Gadkari was on a two-day visit to Tajikistan to represent India at a global conference on 'International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development', PTI reported.
"India is trying to make Chabahar port in Iran operational by 2019... opening up of the Chabahar port would make the CIS countries more accessible," the minister said.
Gadkari was addressing the Indian community at the inauguration of the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center at the Indian Embassy in Dushanbe.
The statement said the minister also spoke at length about efforts and initiatives taken by the Indian government in the last four years, and about the massive work being done in the infrastructure sector, with national highways being built at an unprecedented pace of 28km/day.
"India's image and respect has grown across the world in the last four years and our rankings have improved globally on various parameters like ease of doing business and cleanliness," the statement said quoting Gadkari.
It said the minister held wide-ranging talks with Sirodjidin Muhridin, foreign minister of Tajikistan and the two leaders underlined the need to give further impetus to the ongoing bilateral cooperation in various fields and agreed to enhance mutual cooperation in the area of sustainable water development.