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Iran’s Shahid Beheshti port built by India has handled 12 lakh tonnes of cargo since 2018

The Shahid Beheshti port of Chabahar in Iran, built by India, has handled 12 lakh tonne of cargo and 8,200 containers since December 2018, India’s ministry of external affairs told Parliament. In 2018, an Indian company –India ports Global — took over the operations of the port.

The port has played a key role in connecting India with Afghanistan. So far, in this financial year starting April 2020, India has sent 53,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan. The country is also sending 75,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan as part of its COVID support and eight consignments have already been shipped via Chabahar.

The MEA said in a written response to Parliament, “In the recent past, there has been a rise in transit cargo for Afghanistan through Chabahar… Afghanistan’s exports to India are also routed via Chabahar Port.”

India, as part of a trilateral agreement with Tehran and Kabul, signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2016 Iran visit started developing the first phase of the Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar.

Meanwhile, New Delhi has affirmed that it continues to be a part of the Chabahar-Zahedan railway line, that connects the Iran port to the border town of Zahedan on Iran Afghanistan border. The line will further connect India with Afghanistan.