Hope to complete work on Iran's Chabahar port phase 1 in 2018: Gadkari
India is keen on expediting development of Chabahar Port in Iran and hopes to complete the first phase of the project next year, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said.
Located in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy- rich Persian Gulf nation's southern coast, the port is easily accessed from India's western coast, bypassing Pakistan.
"We can complete the work on the first phase of the project in 2018... The funds are likely to be released shortly," Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari said.
"Tenders are out for the project," the minister said.
Kandla Port has floated tenders inviting global bids for supply and commissioning of terminal tractor trailers, forklifts, reach stackers, empty container handlers and yard cranes among other equipment at Shahid Beheshti Port, Chabahar, Iran.
The Cabinet has already approved funds for development of the project.
For greater trade and investment flow with Iran and neighbouring countries, the Cabinet last year had cleared proposals for development of Chabahar port including through a USD 150 million credit from Exim Bank.
It also authorised the Shipping Ministry to form a company in Iran for implementing the Chabahar Port Development Project and related activities.