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Chabahar Port in Iran will be ready next year: Gadkari

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Expressing confidence that Chabahar Port in will be ready for operations by 2018, Union Minister today said is considering sending wheat to via the strategically located port.

"of is going to send one lakh tons of wheat to Afghanistan, and we are trying to send that via Chabahar," the minister said at an event here, days after his visit to

He said the civil construction of the port project, being developed by India, is complete, and the is in a position to place orders worth Rs 400 crore for mechanised equipment and cranes.

"I feel we will commence the operations by 2018," he said.

During his visit, Gadkari said, he President Hasan Rouhani, and construction of a railway line liking the port with was discussed.

"Now, we are building a railway line in Iran. From Chabhar, we can go to Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Russia," he said.

An official statement had said yesterday that and Iran had expressed commitment for early completion and operationalisation of Chabahar Port.

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First Published: Tue, August 08 2017. 22:07 IST