The 137-kilometer railroad project, the construction of which started in the fiscal 2007-8, has four sections, two of which (76 kilometers long) have already been completed on the Iranian territory, the news portal of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development reported.
When completed, the rail route will be connected to the Central Asian and Chinese rail networks. This is estimated to considerably increase the volume of transit as well as passenger transportation in the region.
The corridor in its entirety, from Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city, to Khwaf, in Iran’s northeastern Khorasan Razavi Province, will connect Iranian mines to those of Afghanistan, while also connecting Afghan reserves to the international waters in southern Iran.
**A version of this article has appeared on the online edition of Financial Tribune on April 30, 2018 with the headline "80% Progress in Section-3 of Khwaf-Herat Railroad", available at https://goo.gl/RmeE9a . Accessed on April 30, 2018.