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Mahesh

04/09/22 18:58 PM IST

Chabahar port

In News 
  • The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways visited the Shahid Behestti port at Chabahar in Iran to review the progress of development.
Chabahar Port
  • Chabahar is made of Persian words Chahar meaning four; and bahar meaning spring.
  • Chabahar city is also home to Iran’s only deep-seaport with direct access to the ocean.
  • Location: Off the Gulf of Oman in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan & is the only Iranian port with direct access to the ocean.
  • Consist of two ports: Chabahar Port consists of two separate ports called Shahid Kalantari and Shahid Beheshti.
Significance
  • Chabahar is important for its fishery sector and will act as an important trade center connecting South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
  • The port gives access to the energy-rich Persian Gulf nations' southern coast & Central Asia and India can bypass Pakistan with the Chabahar port becoming functional.
  • This port will reduce dependency on the Suez Canal and reduce transportation time.
  • Due to its location in the Gulf of Oman and at the entrance of the Strait of Hormuz and enables Iran to have direct entry to the Indian Ocean.
  • Chabahar Port is also quite near the Gwadar Port of Pakistan being developed by China.
  • It will also counter the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
  • Help India in strengthening its maritime power in this region.
Source- PIB 

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