Iran issues law to investigate relocating capital
Tehran, Iran, May 30
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a law that obliges the Road and Urban Development Ministry to investigate the possibility and ways of moving Iran's political and bureaucratic capital from Tehran.
The law is intended to decentralize crowded Tehran, Tasnim news agency reported May 30.
It has passed approval by the Parliament and Guardian Council.
To implement the law, a council is to be launched consisting of the president or his/her first vice president as the head, minister of management and planning, and minister of road and urban development.
The minister of the interior, the minister of intelligence, minister of energy, head of cultural heritage, handicrafts and tourism, the head of the environmental department, the head of Tehran's City Council, the mayor of Tehran, and chief of the general staff of the armed forces will also have a place in the council each.
Tehran has grown increasingly out of shape due to huge population growth.
A sharp contrast in job opportunities in Tehran compared to other parts of Iran has intensified the migration of provincials to the city.
This has led to difficulties in providing urban services to the citizens and has created critical situations in terms of traffic, air pollution, etc.
An Iranian official recently said that the city has been ecologically sapped for 10 years.
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