Iran-Herat rail-line to complete by 2017 end

Herat City

Construction work on a segment of railroad project extended from Iran to Afghanistan in western Herat province will be finished in the next 10 days and then put into service, the Iranian Ambassador has said.
Work on the 62-kilomteres long railway project from Iran’s border to Ghoriyan district of Herat was launched in 2007 at a cost of $75 million based on a grant from neighboring country. The project was scheduled to be finished in 2009.
Officials say with the completion of this mega project, needed transport and transit facilities will be provided and bilateral trade between Afghanistan and Iran flourish.
Mohammad Raza Bahrami, Iran’s Ambassador to Kabul, visited the province and oversaw ongoing work on the Herat-Khawaf rail-track. He stressed speedy completion of the project.
He asked the makers of the railroad to hire more employees in order for the project to finish as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Eng. Barzanoni, specialist of the railway project, said of all the 62 kilometres of the railway inside Afghan soil, about 33 kilometers railway was stretched and the rest would be completed in the next 10 days.
Officials say the Herat-Khauf 191-long railroad is being constructed in four segments. About 139 kilometer of the project is financed by Iran and the fourth segment cost is provided by the Afghanistan national budget.—NNI

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