Tehran, Iran, March 3
The project to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to Iran’s Semnan province has been approved with 81 percent of votes in the Iranian parliament.
The Caspian Sea Water Transfer Plan also has the Environment Organization licenses.
“The budget line for transferring the water of Caspian Sea to Semnan was introduced in the budget plan of next Iranian year (stars on March 21, 2019). Some MPs were against this plan, but eventually this budget line was approved,” a Member of Parliment, Ahmad Hemmati said, Trend reports citing Fars News Agency.
“The Caspian Sea water transfer project was approved with 81 percent of votes of the MPs,” he said.
The plan has the necessary environmental permits, so its implementation phase can be more vigorously pursued, he added.
"We should be able to use this source, and we insist that all environmental issues of this plan be carefully observed,” the MP said.
Iran plans to transfer water from Caspian Sea to solve its water shortage problem. Till now, the country's Department of Environment has been reviewing the studies to decide on the volume of water transfer, but it seems that the final decision has been made by all departments, including the Department of Environment.