Chabahar-Zahedan rail project: India has recently termed the media reports as “speculative” on its involvement in the Chabahar-Zahedan railway project. In order to finalize the outstanding technical and financial issues that are related to the venture which was still awaited, India asserted that the Iranian side was to nominate an authorized entity. Anurag Srivastava, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson was quoted in a PTI report saying that since the year 2016, there has been significant progress on the Chabahar port project despite the difficulties posed by the sanctions situation. His statement came after some media reports claimed that India has been left out of the project in Iran.
According to Srivastava, since the year 2018, the port has been operated by an Indian company and the company has steadily scaled up the traffic there. He further said that since December 2018, as many as 82 vessels have been handled there including 52 number of vessels in the last one year alone. A total of 12 lakh tonnes of bulk cargo and 8,200 containers have been handled by the port, Srivastava said. Currently, in order to increase the usage of Chabahar port, both for Central Asia and Afghanistan, proactive measures are underway, he said.