An Italian professor of art and designer Dominico Girbino currently on a three-day visit to Abadan said on Saturday that people in the city, which has been through eight years of destructive war by the neighboring Iraq, seem hopeful, IRNA reported.
Professor Girbino who is visiting Abadan at the invitation of the city mayor, Seyed Mohammad-Ali Bahraini Moqaddam, told IRNA that Abadan is quite different from what he had learned through the foreign media.
"I didn't imagine myself finding the war-hit city in a sound condition, and its citizens involved in their pursuances and life in full hope.
"I had heard much about the hospitality of the Iranian people and today I noticed it in their faces while meeting the people in the area," he added.
Turning to development facilities and urban services in Abadan as insufficient and inappropriate, he noted that efforts should be made to call for people's participation in the current affairs. He reiterated that once he inspects various districts of the city, he will present some projects on the landscaping of all the urban public utilities.
In response to a question on the time of exploitation of his proposed projects, he said that it would depend on the cooperation and participation of all the related organizations and that they could even be commissioned in two to three months.
The Italian professor reiterated that provision of facilities has a decisive role in the implementation of the projects and that they should be worked in such a way to deserve the people.
For his part, the Abadan mayor said that the city is now getting prepared for a major technical and construction development to witness further progress in the construction and urban services sectors.
Bahrain Moqaddam added that the projects to be presented on the landscaping of the urban public utilities in Abadan include development of parks, greenery, city squares, airports, entrances and exits.
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