The Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) railway is anticipated to renew operations in 2021 to spice up Pakistan’s commerce with Turkey and Iran, in line with Adil Karaismailoglu, Turkey’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure.
After the digital 10th version of the joint assembly of the Financial Cooperation Group (ECO) held in Istanbul, nationwide railways of Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan mutually agreed to re-launch the ITI railway mission in 2021.
The rising modifications within the diplomatic panorama between the three international locations have allowed the railway operation to renew. All three international locations have agreed to unified tariffs and a gradual timetable.
The trial run of the ITI practice was launched in 2009 as a mission below the ECO – 10-member Asian commerce bloc. The rail route, which is acknowledged by the UN as a global hall between the three international locations, has to this point solely been used for take a look at journeys.
The railway line from Istanbul, by way of Tehran, and all the way in which to Islamabad might be extraordinarily useful to all three nations when common operations begin. A journey on the tracks takes eleven and a half days to finish and a practice can have 20 containers – of 40 toes every – hooked up to it. The route has additionally caught the eye of the United Nations and has been recognised as a global hall between the three international locations.
All three nations concerned have agreed to unified tariffs and a daily schedule for these trains.
The trial run of the ITI practice was launched in 2009 as a mission below the Financial Cooperation Group (ECO) – 10-member Asian commerce bloc. The rail route, which is acknowledged by the UN as a global hall between the three international locations, has to this point solely been used for take a look at journeys.
Scale back freight time and value
The railway line intends to vastly cut back the transit route of the products from Istanbul to Islamabad. Through the trial, the freight practice from Islamabad to Istanbul took almost 13 days to make the 6500km journey. The journey was later additional decreased to 11.5 days. As compared, transporting items from European international locations to Pakistan through seaway took virtually 45 days. The practice has a most capability for twenty 40-feet containers.
Size of rail route
The full size of the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul mission is 6500 kilometers (km).
Iran: 2600 km
Turkey: 1950 km
Pakistan: 1990 km
The railway line from Istanbul, by way of Tehran, all the way in which to Islamabad has been described as “tremendously useful” to all three nations. It goals to spice up financial cooperation amongst Pakistan, Iran and Turkey first and with the opposite ECO member international locations afterward.
Moreover Pakistan, Turkey and Iran, these international locations will profit from the ITI mission: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Chance of enlargement to Europe
Though the mission was launched to advertise the financial relations among the many ECO founding member international locations, nonetheless, it affords a brief, protected, and reasonably priced route for transportation of products between Asia and Europe, extending advantages to a number of regional international locations. From Turkey, the hall can hyperlink up with the European rail networks through Istanbul’s 76-km lengthy undersea Marmaray railway tunnel.
Different international locations earlier additionally expressed eagerness to hitch the mission and instructed additional enlargement to the European and Center East markets.
Highlights of Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul rail hall
Service to facilitate cargo and container transport
Transport capability: 20 containers of 40 toes
Estimated journey time is 11 days as in comparison with 45 days through sea route
Over 30% discount in rail fares versus conventional routes