Cabinet To Promote Astrakhan Transport Junction Development

The Russian Cabinet is going to step up development of the Astrakhan transport junction, in the mouth of the Volga, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said Friday at a conference discussing promotion of international transport corridor North-South. The project is in need of new organizational ideas, said the premier. Among other things, it envisages construction of moorages, container terminals, and a ferry line. The Russian Cabinet, noted Kasyanov, is drawing up a plan of specific measures to ensure a more efficient transfer of cargo within the Caspian and through the North-South corridor. This country, according to the premier, has every opportunity to develop its water transport corridors, having access to the Caspian and Baltic Seas, Danubian area and having in its disposal waters of the Volga River. Still, Russia takes advantage of less than 10 percent of its potential as far as transport and transit services go, noted Mikhail Kasyanov.

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