Sunday, April 18, 2021


Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi wrote on Twitter that  Iran dropping India from the Chabahar rail project is a big loss for India. While taking a dig at the Modi government, Singhvi said, “But you can’t ask questions from the Modi government.

Singhvi also tagged a newspaper report in his tweet which said that Tehran had decided to go ahead with the construction of the rail line following alleged delays from the Indian government with regard to funding.

The Indian government had inked a deal with Iran four years ago to build a rail line from Chabahar port to Zahedan, along the Iran-Afghanistan border. Giving its reasons for going ahead with the project on its own, the Iranian government reportedly said there had been delay on the part of India to start the construction of the project.

The track-laying process for the 628 kilometre long rail line was launched by Iran’s Transport and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Eslami last week. The rail line will ultimately be extended to Zaranj in Afghanistan.

The Iranian officials told the newspaper that the rail project is expected to be finished by March 2022. Iran’s Railways has started the construction work and for funds, it will tap into approximately $400 million from the Iranian National Development Fund.

The setback for India has come as China is giving a final shape to a huge 25­year, $400 billion strategic partnership deal with Tehran.

The Chabahar-Zahedan rail project was to be executed by the Iranian Railways and Indian Railways Construction Ltd (IRCON), as part of a trilateral deal between India, Iran and Afghanistan. The agreement aims to give shape to an alternate trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia.

The Chabahar agreement was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Iranian President Rouhani and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in Tehran in May 2016.

Most Popular

MI vs SRH preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad need more batting consistency against defending Champion Mumbai Indians

Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow have hit fifties but their contributions haven't translated into wins as SRH have faltered towards the end of the match in both their games.

Designer Manish Malhotra tests positive for Covid-19

Malhotra said he has tested covid positive on Friday and isolated himself. Malhotra said he will be under home quarantine, taking all the safety protocols under doctors' advice. Malhotra urged people to stay safe.

Uttar Pradesh announces complete lockdown on Sunday

A massive sanitization program will be carried out across all 75 districts and this will be a weekly feature.

Covid-19: India records 2,17,353 cases, highest single-day spike since pandemic begin

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday held an emergency meeting at his residence to assess the covid-19 situation in the country. This comes a day after when the state recorded 14,738, out of these 10,497 were reported in Bengaluru on April 15.