Iran is building its longest cross-sea bridge, linking the Qeshm island in the Persian Gulf to its coast in Bandar Abbas in the mainland Iran.
The Persian Gulf Bridge, being constructed for a length of 2.4 kilometers and a width of 32 meters, includes a two-lane causeway and a rail line.
It is to connect Qeshm Island from the historic port of Laft to Pahal port in Bandar Abbas in Hormuzgan Province.
The bridge is reportedly being built by an Iranian company at a cost of 450 million euros.
According to secretary of Iran’s free trade zones Akbar Torkan, the project is vital to economic and industrial development of Qeshm, Iran’s biggest island. The rail section will be used to ship 7 million metric tons of iron ore a year to produce 3.5 million tons of steel on the island.
The project, however, was halted at the order of the former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who proposed to build a subsea tunnel instead of a bridge. That proposal was finally rejected because of high costs, much advanced technology and risks involved.
The Persian Gulf Bridge will connect Qeshm to the main transit corridor linking the Caspian port of Anzali to Bandar Abbas and Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman, Torkan said.
Press TV contributed to this report
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