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New Delhi Dodges Claims Iran Dropped India From the Chabahar Rail Project

Soon after Iran began track-laying on the 628 km Chabahar-Zahedan route, reports emerged that Tehran broke a four-year-old deal with India over the delay of funds. The project is part of India’s goal of boosting maritime transit traffic to Central Asia, bypassing Pakistan.

Contrary to the reports, India is still part of the Iran’s Chabahar Railway Line Project, India’s external Affairs Ministry claimed on Thursday.

The Indian news daily The Hindu had reported that Iran dropped India from the project after Iran decided to proceed with the construction on its own, citing delays from the Indian side in funding and starting the project.

India has said that her ambassador was invited by the deputy minister and head of Iranian railways Saeed Rasouli to review cooperation on the project.

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