Chabahar port opened yesterday: strategically important for IndiaIran's President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the Shahid Beheshti (Chabahar) port's first phase in a ceremony yesterday. Along with representatives of many other countries, India's Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan was also present. From 2.5 million tonnes, the annual cargo tonnage of Shahid Beheshti Port, which is Iran's only oceanic port, is now expected to almost triple and reach 8.5 million tonnes. It can also accommodate 100,000-tonne ships.
The entire project will be completed in four phases. India has been actively associated with development, modernisation and upgradation of Chabahar port. The port would provide India a significant sea-route. India, Iran and Afghanistan have already signed an agreement to grant preferential treatment and tariff reductions at Chabahar to Indian goods headed toward Central Asia and Afghanistan. Chabahar port is India and Iran's strategic reply to the development of Gwadar port of Pakistan by China.
Speedy completion of other phases of Chabahar port is extremely important for India's strategic importance and trade benefits.