TEHRAN: Iran has dropped India from Chabahar rail project because of delay in funding.
According to Indian media, four years ago both the countries signed an agreement to construct a rail line from Chabahar port to Zahedan. The Iranian government has now announced to build the line on its own.
One week ago, Iran’s Transport and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Eslami had inaugurated construction of track of the railway line from Chabahar port to Zahedan.
The Congress party leaders lashed out at Narendra Modi-led Indian government over the development. The opposition party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi wrote on Twitter, “India dropped from Chahbar Port deal. This is the diplomacy of the Modi Govt that won laurels even without getting the work done, China worked quietly but gave them a better deal. Big loss for India. But you can’t ask questions! (sic)”
Indian media reported that the setback for India has come as China is giving a final shape to a huge 25year, $400 billion strategic partnership deal with Iran.