0427 GMT January 23, 2020
Kheirollah Khademi, the deputy roads and urban development minister, added on Monday that the length of the country’s mainlines currently stands at 11,000 kilometers, IRNA reported.
Also the CEO of the ministry-affiliated Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructures Company, Khademi noted that Iran’s railroad network, including the branch lines and double-track railways, is 14,000 kilometers long, saying his firm also plans to build 9,500 kilometers of new rail lines in the country, of which 3,300 kilometers, constituting 30 percent of the country’s tracks, are already under construction.
Khademi said his company prioritized construction of 980 kilometers of the planned 9,500 kilometers rail lines, which included rail links to Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and the capitals of five provinces of Hamedan (western Iran), Kermanshah (western Iran), West Azarbaijan (northwestern Iran), Gilan (northern Iran) and East Azarbaijan (northwestern Iran), and connected the five provincial capitals to the national network in the past three years in separate ceremonies attended by President Hassan Rouhani.
To connect the capital of East Azarbaijan Province to the national network through a new rail route, he added, construction of a railway connecting Mianeh, Boostan Abad and Tabriz in northwestern Iran was placed in the company’s agenda.
The railway from Mianeh to Boostan Abad has become operational, Khademi said, noting that construction of the remaining part of the railway to Tabriz, with a length of 44 kilometers, is expected to be completed by March 2021, if financial resources are allocated.