Turkey to build railway to connect with Iran: report

19:29, March 30, 2010      

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Turkey is preparing to build a railway in its eastern part to connect its railway network with Iran, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Tuesday.

The railway will link eastern Turkish destinations of Kars, Igdir, Aralik and Dilucu and is part of the Istanbul-Islamabad railway project, said the agency.

The Istanbul-Islamabad project aims to make railway transportation between Pakistan, Turkey and Europe more efficient by shortening the train ride between Turkey and Pakistan to 4 days from 11 days, according to the agency.

Under the project, new rail lines will be built while the existing railway networks in Pakistan and Iran will be rehabilitated, making a massive network that runs 6,160 km, with 2, 600 km in Turkey, 2,570 km in Iran and 990 km in Pakistan, it reported.

The project is estimated to be completed in five years, said the report.

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