Chabahar Port likely to be operational by 2018: Gadkari
Amid deepening Indoiranian ties, the government is hopeful that the strategic Chabahar Port will be operational by 2018, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari said. Gakdari is keen on expediting development of the Chabahar port, located in the Sistan-baluchistan province on the energy-rich Persian Gulf nation's southern coast that can be easily accessed from India's west coast, bypassing Pakistan. India has accelerated work at the Chabahar Port and finalised some tenders for installation of key equipment. "Civil construction work has started there. We have finalised tenders worth `380 crore for equipment out of `600 crore and once the port becomes operational it will become a growth engine," the minister said.