Planned Rail line in Northern Iran to help India save logistics costs to Central Asia

New Delhi:  Once the planned 70 kilometer (km) railway line in northern Iran becomes operational, India could save crores of rupees in logistics to Central Asia, with which the country’s trade stood at USD 746 million in 2012-13 against China’s USD 46 billion.

The line links the Iranian city of Gorgan, 400 km from Tehran, to the Iran-Turkmenistan border.

India is also trying to speed up efforts to construct a port in Iran’s Chabahar, which is close to Gorgan.

Though the Central Asian republics are closer to India than many of its trading partners, movement of goods from Central Asia has been impossible due to the Himalayas and Pakistan’s refusal to allow Indian goods to pass through its territory.