President Hassan Rouhani described Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar a
politically and economically strategic port that can play a shortcut in linking
the International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC) to the ocean according
to media reports from Tehran.
corridors in the country connect the south to the north and lie on the Persian
Gulf, but Shahid Beheshti Port is very important because it is a connection to
the ocean, he said inaugurating the port.
official Iranian News agency IRNA reporting the inauguration of the phase on
the Chabhar port did not make any mention of the India's financial contribution
to the project.
phase of Shahid Beheshti Port in Sistan-Baluchestan Proivince in the far
southeast part of Iran was officially opened during a ceremony, attended by 60
foreign guests from 17 countries at the port located by the Gulf of Oman.
Port, goods are sent to the neighboring countries within a much shorter span of
time and with a more reasonable cost,' President Rouhani said. Afghanistan and
countries to the north of Iran, including those in Central Asia, will now be
linked to the south and the ocean, he said.
project, due to its strategic location, linking the region to Central Asia and
the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), will revive the far southeast
areas of Iran in terms of development and employment.The port also bears
political importance for Iran, since it will connect the country to the European
countries in the future, said the president.
will be capable to carry out all portal operations of container terminals, and
its annual 8.5 million tons capacity for loading and unloading ships will
increase to 15 million tons when its dry port is complete, Deputy Governor of
Sistan-Baluchestan Ayyoub Darvishi said. He said that with the next phases
completed in the future, the capacity of the port will increase to 80 million
the only oceanic port of Iran which lies on 645 km to the south of Zahedan, the
provincial capital city.