TEHRAN – In a ceremony attended by Transport and Urban Development Minister Rostam Qasemi, 413 new domestically-made locomotives and wagons worth more than $35 million were added to Iran’s railway fleet on Sunday , reported the IRIB.
At the mentioned ceremony, 407 freight wagons worth 8.36 trillion rials (about $28.9 million) along with seven locomotives worth 1.91 trillion rials (about $6.6 million) were added to the nation’s rail fleet.
As noted, the freight wagons produced included various types of longside, shortside, ballast and grain wagons manufactured by Pars Wagon, Green Plour Industrial Group (GPIG), Arak Metil Steel Company, Iranian Rail Industries Development Company ( IRICO) and Kowsar Isfahan wagons.
The new and refurbished locomotives were also produced by Mapna Group, Pars Wagon and Karaj Locomotive Restoration Factories with participation and investment from Mobarakeh Steel, Alborz Niro, Mapna and Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (known as the name of RAI).
Overall plan underway to develop public transport
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the mentioned fleet, Qasemi noted that his ministry is implementing a comprehensive plan for the development of transit across Iran, saying, “This plan will lead to the transformation of the transport sector. country over the next three years.
Underlining the important role of the railway industry in the country’s economic development, the Minister said: “Iran has geopolitical privileges in the transport sector, including access to open waters, which many countries do not enjoy. not”.
“In the past, we did not have relations with many neighboring countries such as Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, which are transit bottlenecks, but today, with the expansion of relations, the Iran is recognized as a regional transit authority,” Qasemi said.
The official further noted that the Islamic Republic reached very positive agreements with regional countries during the Shanghai summit, which became the basis of the country’s transit transformation plan.
The number of vehicles added to the rail fleet doubled in H1
Elsewhere during the ceremony, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran (RAI) Railways, Miad Salehi, said the number of wagons and locomotives added to the country’s railway fleet in the first half of the he current year had increased by 100% compared to the same period of the previous year. wingspan.
According to Salehi, the railway industry has achieved this success despite sanctions and difficult economic conditions, which is very admirable.
He mentioned the great investment potentials of the railway industry, saying that RAI was seriously pursuing plans to facilitate the presence of the private sector in railway projects.
It was the second round of additions to the country’s railway fleet in the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21).
By July, RAI had added 319 domestically-made wagons and locomotives, including 305 new freight wagons, six newly manufactured locomotives, seven refurbished passenger wagons and one refurbished locomotive to its fleet.
In total, Iran’s railway fleet received 732 wagons and locomotives in the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-September 22).
Pictured: Transport Minister Rostam Qasemi delivers a speech at the unveiling ceremony for the new rail fleet on Sunday.