However, after the launch of INSTC, transportation would be completed in less than 25 days, thereby cutting downtimeframe by30-40 percent.
The expert considers that even smaller projects, such as the recently inaugurated Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, are ahead of the INSTC in terms of their operationalization.
The two countries can politically address the differences in the project," a senior Iranian official told ET as he pointed out that the Chabahar port is suitably located to serve India's outreach in the region to Afghanistan and beyond as well as link with INSTC to which Delhi is one of the initial signatories.
The issue of Zahedan-Chabahar rail link as part of INSTC was also deliberated when the first meeting of this key transport corridor, post Iranian nuclear deal, was held in New Delhi last week.
Officials from Russia and Iran, also original signatories of INSTC, as well as proposed entrants for the transport corridor Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and few other Central Asian nations participated at the meeting that discussed customs and insurance matters among other issues at the Delhi meet.
INSTC opens up a sea of opportunities for India and Narendra Modi pushed the idea during his July visit to Central Asia with an eye on realising untapped economic partnership with the Eurasian region, including Russia and Central Asia.
Russia, Iran and India signed the agreement for the INSTC project in 2002.