Gadkari hopeful of making Chabahar port operational by 2018

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Aug 2017 12:51:44


NEW DELHI,

Aug 6,

(PTI),

THE Government is hopeful that the strategic Chabahar Port will be operational by 2018, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. The Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Gadkari is in Tehran on Saturday to represent India at the oath taking ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier congratulated Rouhani on his re-election as the President of Iran and affirmed India’s commitment to strengthen the special relations between the countries. “India and Iran have been historically sharing special ties. We are keen on developing Chabahar Port and are hopeful of starting operations in 12 to 18 months,” Gadkari told PTI.

Gakdari is keen on expediting development of the Chabahar port, located in the Sistan-Baluchistan province on the energy-rich Persian Gulf nation’s southern coast that can be easily accessed from India’s west coast, bypassing Pakistan.
The visit assumes significance as India has accelerated work at the Chabahar port and finalised some tenders for installation of key equipment at Chabahar Port.

“Civil construction work has started there. We have finalised tenders worth Rs 380 crore for equipment out of Rs 600 crore and once the port becomes operational it will become a growth engine,” the minister has said. The minister has said that he was also hopeful of certain approvals from Iranian Government for expediting work.