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India Iran jointprojects – Chabahar, INSTC, Energy Exploration, Afghan Stability

Move to expand facilities and communications at theChabahar port are likely to be beneficial for Iran, Afghanistan and India providing another avenue for trade not just with the land locked country butalso with Central Asian republics of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan andUzbekistan. Indian companies who are planning to harvest the iron ore frommines in Hajigak in Bamyan province will also be able to use the port. Theminerals will be moved on the road connecting Delaram, on the Kandahar–Herathighway, to Zaranj near the Iranian border build by the Indian border roads. Infuture a 900km railway between Chabahar and Hajigak mines is also planned.Chabahar port is also seen by many as an alternative to Gwadar which is nowbeing operated by a Chinese company and there is a rivalry of sorts between thetwo Asian giants in the Arabian Sea as well.Lying on the coast of the Gulf of Oman in Iran’ssoutheastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province, Chabahar is the country’s onlyoceanic port and given its strategic location in the International North-SouthTransport Corridor (INSTC) development of the port is of high significance forIran. ...........................

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