Iran okays con­struc­tion of 840km of metro lines

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

Iran has ap­proved the con­struc­tion of 840 kilo­me­ters of metro lines in megac­i­ties in a bid to al­le­vi­ate the mad­den­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion, an of­fi­cial said.

“The con­struc­tion of 840 kilo­me­ters of metro lines has been ap­proved, out of which 294 kilo­me­ters have be­come op­er­a­tional,” said Me­hdi Ja­ma­line­jad, deputy in­te­rior min­is­ter in ur­ban and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, in the south­west­ern city of Shi­raz on Thurs­day, IRNA re­ported.

He added that 295 kilo­me­ters of metro are cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion in megac­i­ties while stud­ies are be­ing con­ducted on ad­di­tional 251 kilo­me­ters.

Ja­ma­line­jad, who was speak­ing at a cer­e­mony to launch two metro sta­tions in Shi­raz, pointed to the bur­geon­ing pop­u­la­tion in megac­i­ties, de­scrib­ing it as ‘the megac­ity syn­drome’.

In­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ments, par­tic­u­larly ur­ban rail tran­sit, in ma­jor cities play a cru­cial role in ad­dress­ing this ‘syn­drome’, he said, adding that one of his min­istry’s pri­or­i­ties is to pur­sue the de­liv­ery of train wag­ons for such cities.

“In near fu­ture some 2,000 wag­ons will be de­liv­ered to megac­i­ties, al­le­vi­at­ing many of the prob­lems they face (in trans­porta­tion).”

The of­fi­cial added that 824 mil­lion jour­neys are un­der­taken by metro in Ira­nian cities an­nu­ally.

Lack of state bud­get

Speak­ing at the same cer­e­mony, Has­san Mo­radi, a pro­vin­cial of­fi­cial, said the main prob­lem hin­der­ing the de­vel­op­ment of metro projects in Iran is the lack sub­stan­tial state bud­get.

“Not hav­ing sub­stan­tial state bud­get has slowed down the progress of metro projects in many megac­i­ties such as Shi­raz,” he said, adding that credit lines are need for the projects not to hit a wall.

Many Ira­nian may­ors, ap­pointed by elected city coun­cils, have crit­i­cized the in­suf­fi­cient bud­gets al­lo­cated by the govern­ment for metro projects. The govern­ment, how­ever, main­tains that as the coun­cils are run in­de­pen­dently and have their own fi­nan­cial sources, should not ex­pect too much.

IRNA

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