Chaba­har Port likely to be op­er­a­tional by 2018: Gad­kari

Maritime Gateway - - South Asia News -

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.

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