Iran’s longest rail bridge on its way to completion

Published on : Tuesday, January 10, 2017

iran-rail-bridgeThe construction of the biggest rail bridge of Iran would be completed very soon, as declared by a deputy minister of roads and urban development.


Kheirollah Khademi said that the project is being created and implemented by domestic engineers and would be completed finally on 19th January. The bridge that measures about 1.43 kilometres would be connecting the river banks of Sefidroud that is located in the city of Manjil, in the northern Gilan Province.


It is now a portion of the Qazwin-Rasht railroad.


Reportedly, now it is in the final stages of construction.


The rail tracks for 86 kilometres have been laid. And, the remaining part of the bridge spanning about 60 kilometres are ready for track-laying, as said by Khademi. Khademi is the CEO of Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructure Company. It is affiliated to the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development.


From Rasht, the railbridge would be utilized to connect to the port city of Astara.


These projects are actually the missing links in the International North-South Transport Corridor. This has been aiming to connect Northern Europe to Southeast Asia through the railroads of Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan.


The INSTC would connect Iran with the Baltic ports of Russia and also provide Russia rail connectivity to the Indian rail network as well as the Persian Gulf.


This implies that the goods can be carried from Mumbai to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas and further to Baku.  Thereafter, they would pass across the Russian border into Astrakhan prior to moving on to St. Petersburg and Moscow, before proceeding on to Europe.


This railway corridor would reduce the travel time for Asian consumer goods to Central Eurasia’s natural resources to advanced European exports.


Once completed, the INSTC would increase the 6,00,000 tons of commodities that are traded between Azerbaijan and Iran to 5 million tons per year.



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