8000km of railway being built in Iran, says minister
Iran's roads and urban development minister Ali Nikzad said on Sunday that currently some 8000km of railway is being constructed across the country.
By completion of the projects all of the country's provinces will benefit from the national railway network, the Mehr News Agency quoted Nikzad as saying.
Nikzad said in January that the construction plan of some 11,000km of railway started during the two terms of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
He further said that some 2,500km of the mentioned projects has come on stream.
Nikzad named Gorgan-Inceburun as one of the main projects which came on stream during Ahmadinejad's presidency. Inceburun-Gorgan rail project was officially inaugurated on 27 May.
The 88-kilometres long rail project connects the north western Iranian city of Gorgan with Inceburun in Turkmenistan. The railway has the capacity to annually transfer 10 million tonnes of goods and 4 million passengers.