Kocharian Inaugurates New Road in Southern Armenia

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–President Robert Kocharian flew Sunday to the southeastern town of Meghri for the inauguration of a new road that connects the town with Ghapan, the administrative center of Syunik province.
The construction of the brand new road was funded by a 15 billion dram budget given by the government. The 91 km-long road took two and a half years to build.
"We have built the gas pipeline (Iran-Armenia), which is now being extended. Next year Armenia and Iran will launch the construction of the third high-voltage power line for seasonal electricity swaps between the two countries. We also have the intention to build an oil refinery and a railway. If we repair also the road from Ghapan to Goris and to Sisian this highway will become a transit road," Kocharian said as he expressed his confidence in the above-mentioned projects.
The new road will facilitate communication between Armenia and Iran. The only road that connected Armenia and Iran went through the Meghri pass, which is 2,563 meters above sea level. The traffic there has often been blocked in the winter by heavy snowfall.

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