Inaugauration of Chabahar port by Iran
4 months ago pratyush shukla 0
Mr. Hassan Rouhani ,the President of Iran , inaugurated Chabahar port as a newly constructed outlet for Arabian sea. This port on the Gulf of Oman is the closest sea link for Iran to Indian ocean. It is also a rival to the Gwadar port of Pakistan. It is nearly 80 km from the border of Pakistan.
The largest Iranian contractor and a revolutionary Guard-affiliated company, Khatam al-Anbia constructed this port worth of 340 million dollars. Which upgraded the capacity of the port to 8.5 million tonnes of cargo which previously was 2.5 million tonnes only.
The newly constructed extensions include five piers, of which two are assigned for container allowing cargo vessels with the capacity to dock up to 100,000-ton.
The construction also involved several subcontractors which included a state-run Indian company.
However, Mr. Rouhani in his inauguration speech downplayed the rivalry by saying that the port will bring “more engagement and unity“ among Asian countries.
He also exclaimed, “We should go after positive competition“. He further added, “We welcome other ports in the region, we welcome Gwadar’s development. “
As stated by Iranian state TV, at the time of inauguration dignitaries from India, Qatar, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries were present.
Last year, India committed up to 500 million Dollar for the development of Chabahar port and also the road and rail line associated with this project. The port will open the gate for trade in land-locked Central Asian countries.
The first Cargo of wheat has been shipped from India to Afganistan through Iranian port, as a part of 130,000 tons that Indian government plans to export to Afghanistan.
Chabahar also has an International airport and bases of Navy and Air Force are located in the city, adding value to the port.