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Iranian President inaugurates Kerman-Bam railroad

Bam, Kerman prov, Dec 23, IRNA -- By arrival of President Mohammad Khatami in the city of Bam, the Kerman-Bam railroad was officially inaugurated and put into operation on Wednesday.

The length of the railroad is 225 kilometers and the maximum speed of trains using this route would be 160 km/h.

There are 12 stations on the route six of which have been constructed in the first phase.

photo: ISNA

Campaign against deprivation, economic development, creating job opportunities, connecting Kerman through Razi Border to Turkey's railway network, saving energy as well as decreasing road traffics and accidents are among the goals of the project.

According to an estimate, two million tons of cargoes and 500,000 passengers would be transferred via the railroad in the first year of its operation.

photo: ISNA

Khatami stresses acceleration of Bam reconstruction process

President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday evening underlined the need for all-out efforts to accelerate reconstruction process of this southeastern city which was nearly destroyed by the killer quake which hit the city on December 26, 2003.

At the end of his two-day visit and prior to his departure for Tehran, he appreciated the great efforts made in the past one year to reconstruct the quake-stricken region, reiterating that settlement of city's all problems in a short period of time is impossible.

photo: ISNA

He told reporters that construction of universities and higher education centers as well as development of educational centers in Bam enjoy the priority of measures taken by the government.

Meanwhile, the Iranian president attended a session of Bam reconstruction headquarters Wednesday evening.

Referring to efforts made by different organizations in reconstruction of Bam as "defendable", he stressed that the government is trying hard to make the people of Bam satisfied.

He further underlined the need for creation of job opportunities and a lively atmosphere for Bam's youth.

Khatami also inspected the reconstruction operations in the quake-hit city of Bam on Wednesday.

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ali Abdolalizadeh, the head of the Foundation of Housing and several other officials accompanied the president on the inspection tour.

Some 28 technical and engineering companies are active in Bam drawing plans for construction of a new city and housing construction.

Speaking at a public gathering, President Khatami said that the government has so far spent rls 3,790 billion on the reconstruction of the city.

President Khatami, heading a delegation, arrived in the southeastern province of Kerman on Tuesday on a two-day visit to assess the progress of reconstruction work in that city and to talk with local people.

While in Bam, the president visited the newly constructed hospital of the city and discussed the existing problems facing the city following the last year's killer quake with local people.

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit the city of Bam and its nearby villages on December 26, 2003 killing over 40,000 people and injuring tens of thousands of others.

Arg-e Bam, the oldest and biggest mud-brick citadel in the world was totally destroyed by the killer quake.

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