Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia Ink Protocol on Railway Construction

12SADASD10.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- The construction of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railroad is planned to complete by 2012, reported a source from the Azerbaijan Railway Administration.

The agreement was signed in Baku on Thursday at the end of a meeting of the Iran-Azerbaijan-Russia work group, engaged in the implementation of the international North-South transport corridor.

At the session the Iranian side informed the other partners of the measures it has so far adopted in the construction of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railroad, while implementation of agreements signed in the previous sessions of the tripartite work group was also discussed during the meeting.

At the same time, participants in the meeting discussed a proposal by the Russian side on defining a joint concept for cooperation in a bid to accelerate work. The three sides decided to prepare a business-plan for the said concept.

The meeting concluded by signing a protocol.

The Iranian side is committed to finance construction of the railway section from Qazvin to Rasht. The works in the said segment have been completed by 90%.

Azerbaijani side should modernize a railway section from Yalama to Astara extending for over 500 km, construct 4 station roads (each of 1959 meters), customs and border points, a wheel replacement point as well as 101 meters of bridging.

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