Foreign Policy Watch: India-Iran

Chabahar port ready, next stage for India

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Mains Paper 2: IR | India and its neighborhood- relations.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the Project(Read the attached stories)

Mains level: The port is strategically and economically important for India


Inauguration of First Phase of the Chabahar Port Project

  1. The building of Phase 1 of the Chabahar port has been completed by the Iranian side,
  2. President of Iran will inaugurate the port with all regional beneficiaries and neighbouring countries
  3. Benefits: It will enhance trade in the region
  4. With a final aim to connect not just to Afghanistan via rail but also to the 7,200-km International North-South Transport Corridor to Russia

Now it is India’s turn

  1. The inauguration of the port will effectively pave the way for India to carry forward the next phase of construction and development of two berths for its use, particularly for trade with Afghanistan
  2. Next, the government will develop a free-trade area around the port, and finally will complete the loop with a $1.6-billion railway line to Zahedan
  3. India has committed $500 million to the port project
  4. India has already completed the Zaranj-Delaram highway in Afghanistan, which would facilitate the trade to Kabul and eventually beyond to Central
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