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Rail connectivity likely across India, Iran and Turkey

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian along with seven other countries including Pakistan, and will explore the possibility of a transcontinental rail freight service connecting with and Turkey tomorrow.

Besides the three countries, high-level delegations comprising railway and custom officials from Russian Federation, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar will attend the two-day meet beginning here tomorrow.

While has already run a freight train connecting and attempts are being made to run a demonstrative run from Dhaka to Istanbul connecting Howrah, Delhi, Lahore and Tehran.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will address the conference tomorrow highlighting the need for such rail connectivity for the development of the region, according to

Considered to be a major boost for trade and economic development of the Pacific region, a trans-container goods train from Dhaka to Istanbul covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Turkey is being considered to establish rail connectivity.

Organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for and the Pacific (ESCAP) in coordination with the Ministry, the meeting will take forward the proposed railway transport connectivity in South and South-West

The meeting will seek to review and identify innovative measures to strengthen cross-border railway transport within South and South-West Asia; which is one of the least connected and integrated sub-regions in the world despite its vast contiguous landmass.

Strengthening railway connectivity is central to boosting economic growth, enhancing trade and transport connectivity and improving lives in the sub-region.

The meeting will bring together government officials and policy makers from nine countries in South Asia and South-West Asia and Central Asia, along with representatives from various international and regional organizations, railway and connectivity experts and academia, as well as the private sector.

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First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 21:28 IST