According to a government statement, India will make sure that Chabahar Port in Iran becomes operational by 2019.
Commercial operations at the Chabahar port are expected to start in the 18-24 months, which will provide India increased connectivity to Russia and North Baltic countries, among others, Minister of State for Shipping P Radhakrishnan informed the Parliament.
In what was arguably the most important foreign visit of the year for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he signed a dozen deals with Iran. Emerging from decades of sanctions, Iran could soon be the most happening place for trade in the near future. Modi signed deals covering exchange visits by think tanks to a trilateral agreement between India, Afghanistan and Iran for a trade treaty to develop the Chabahar port.
Through the Chabahar port in Iran, India has directly received its first batch of commodities-20 containers of Afghan dry fruits-from Afghanistan. The consignment arrived in Mumbai on ships over the last weekend. This was a success of cooperation between India, Iran and Afghanistan. The sea route is an alternative to the Karachi port in Pakistan.
Indian government feels that the use of Chabahar port in southwestern Iran may be beneficial for the country as it would provide easier access to Afghanistan. India, Iran and Afghanistan have an agreement on preferential treatment and low tariffs for goods moved through Chabahar port, which also has a free trade and industrial zone in its vicinity
Iran reiterated its commitment to develop Chabahar port to bolster its ties with India. Iran plans to expand the port in five phases and to ramp up its capacity to 20 million tonne by 2020. India's interest in the Iranian port is not only to get a direct access to Central Asia but also to facilitate import of mine