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File 3414/1906 Pt 4 'Persia: Arabistan telegraphs; Mohammerah-Ahwaz-Borasjun line' [‎35r] (74/382)

The record is made up of 1 volume (189 folios). It was created in 1905-1910. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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j. The concessionnaires bind themselves to construct the line and to maintain it in
good state of preservation during the whole period of their administration.
\fhe telegraphic wire shall be made of iron of the best quality and shall be six mil-
limetres at least in diameter. The supports shall be of iron ; the apparatus shall be of
the bestxquality. Whenever possible the stations shall be located at Shiraz in the Offices
of the Persian Telegraph; in other places in such sites as the Minister for Foreign
Affairs dud the concessionnaires shall deem suitable, and which shall be gratuitously
granted tdsjthe latter, from land belonging to the Persian Government.
4. LikFthe lines already existing, the new line is equally destined for the despatch
of international messages, which shall pass over the line of the concessionnaires between
London and Teheran. ^ ... /
5. The lifie will be considered as if it was an institution of the Government and will
participate, under the relations of its organization and of its security, in all the rights
granted to the lines of the Persian Government.
6. The concessionnaires are exempted by the Persian Government from the payment
of customs duty on the importation of materials for the establishment and maintenance
of this line andof\ts offices, and they are freed from all local duties. The customs
authorities shall, how&ver, have the right of inspecting the consignments belonging to the
concessionnaires on the frontier. ... . .
7. The concessionnafres shall have the right of constructing their line in the direction
sanctioned by the Government across towns and villages along roads, without being bound
to pay any indemnity for the land occupied by the line. In those places where the lines
shall traverse private or common property, the concessionnaires shall enjoy the right of
forced appropriation conformably to the laws in force, and to the extent that the Govern
ment shall judge indispensable.
8. The duration of the concession is fixed at 25 years, to reckon from the day when
the working of the Shiraz-Bunder Abbas line shall have commenced. After the axpira-
tion of this period the privilege shall cease ; and the concessionnaires should come to an
understanding with the Persian Government on the subject of the continuation of their
possession of this line. ^ jr j-
In the case of no arrangement having been concluded on this subject, all the line
constructed by virtue of this concession, as well as the buildings of the stations, shall be
given up to the Persian Government without any indemnity.
a. The duration of the Shiraz-Bunder Abbas concession expiring after the 1st
January 1895, the precision and rapidity of the international traffic which depends on the
uniformity of administration might be threatened if the Government should take back, at
this date, the Djoulfa-Teheran and Teheran-Bushire lines while_ the Shiraz-Bunder
Abbas still remained for some time in the hands of the concessionnaires.
The Persian Government wishing to avqid this inconvenience, and being unwilling to
take back the Shiraz-Bunder Abbas line before the expiration of this concession so as
not to be obliged to compensate the concessionaires for the expenses of construction for
which they would no longer have any!income, it consents to this that the concession for
the Djoulfa-Teheran line and the arrangement on the subject of the Teheran-Bunder-
Bushire line be prolonged to the date of the expiration of the Shiraz-Bunder-Abbas line.
10 In return, the concessionnaires shall pay \ the Persian Government for the work
ing of 'this concession from the date of the openiritof the line for international traffic
during the first half of the 2$ years 1 ,ooo toma\s annually and during the second
half 2,000 tomans annually.
If the Djoulfa-Teheran Concession and the
Teheran-Bushire line are prolonged beyond the 1st
that date to the expiration of the Shiraz-Bunder-
15,000 tomans, instead of the 12,000 tomans fixed by
TYLBTlt • \ • •
i 1 If during the duration of the concession the concessionnaires put up extra wires to
increase the means of/communication, the Persian Government binds itself to pay to the
concessionnaires, when the line is given up, an indemnity for these extra wires based on an
estimate made by a Commissioner of the Government and an Attorney of the conces-
12. It shall be lawful at all times {or the concessionnaires to transfer the rights granted
to them by the present concession, with the obligations assumed by them, to another
Comoany whose statutes shall have been sanctioned by the Government. It is agreed that
the number of foreign employes along the whole Shiraz-Bunder-Abbas line shall not
exceed 5° number.
ingement on the subject of the
ary 1895, they shall pay, from
Concession an annual fine of
le I of the present arrange-
far as th<
auses of the former Concession of the nth January 1868 remain in force so
are not modified by the provisions made above.
His Excellency the Minister for Foreign Affairs of His Majesty the Shah of Persia
and Mons. Georg Siemens, the Attorney of the concessionnaires, being agreed, anc^atter
Note. -The paragraphs of Article II which are printed in italics were subsequently annulled by the Concession
o 1882.—See Appendix G, XVII and XVIII.
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This file contains correspondence, 1905-1911, between officials in the Foreign Office and the Government of India discussing policy options concerning the maintenance and control of telegraph lines in the Arabistan province of Persia.

Correspondence discusses the acquisition of control of the Mohammerah-Ahwaz-Borasjun telegraph line. Also discussed is the Government of India's suggestion that Mohammerah-Ahwaz-Borasjun telegraph line be brought under the control of the Indo-European Telegraph Department as well as the the costs of making the necessary repairs.

The file contains the Command Paper (Cd 1004) 'Convention between the United Kingdom and Persia extending the system of telegraphic communication between Europe and India through Persia'. Treaty Series, No. 5, 1902, signed at Tehran, August 16 1901.

Correspondents include: Major E B Burton, Vice Consul, Mohammerah; Arthur Henry Hardinge, Consul-General, Persia; Percy Zachariah Cox, Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ; Louis Dane, Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department.

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1 volume (189 folios)

The subject 3414 (Persia Telegraphs) consists of 5 volumes, IOR/L/PS/10104-108. The volumes are divided into 1 part with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 189; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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