Where is the port of Chabahar

Chabahar not only connects India with Afghanistan, but is also part of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), which connects India with Eurasia

India has ordered more construction equipment such as the mobile harbor cranes to get the Chabahar port project underway. The port of Chabahar is vital to India's bilateral trade with landlocked Afghanistan, which has traditionally been restricted for access to the sea due to its dependence on Iran and Pakistan. Iran's deputy minister for roads and urban development, Mohammed Rastad, said last week that India is currently pursuing the construction and installation of necessary equipment in the port under a "fixed-term operating contract," according to a report in The Times of India. "Upon completion of this phase, the main contract for construction, operation and transfer will be activated." The Chabahar project was delayed for several years due to tensions between the US and Iran, and India did not want to attract negative attention from the Trump administration. India was reportedly unable to call the US bluff as it threatened to impose additional sanctions to punish third parties who do business with Iran. According to the report, Gaddam Dharmendra, Indian ambassador to Iran, told the Tehran Times last month that the Indian partners are using Iranian facilities in the port but have placed orders for the necessary equipment from China, Italy, Finland and Germany, hoping to that the first delivery takes place in October. Chabahar not only connects India with Afghanistan, but is also part of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), which connects India with Eurasia. Read the full report in the Times of India