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Iran's parliament ready to review proposals on moving capital: MP

An Iranian MP said in Tehran on Monday that the Majlis is ready to consider a threefold emergency bill for moving the capital from Tehran, IRNA reported.

The Rapportour of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Jafar Golbaz characterized the bill as a serious and vital issue. "Given the multitude of problems gripping Tehran, the proposal could be a suitable solution."

In many developing countries moving the capital, with aim of reining in many socio-economic problems is a common approach or alternatively, another solution is to separate the political and economic nexus of a country," he said.

He further referred to air-pollution and traffic congestion as the outcome of concentration of many economic, political and scientific centers in the city.

"The moving of the capital to another city will resolve all the outstanding problems."

He warned on the likelihood of similar-scale quake in Bam to occur in Tehran "as an incident with bomb-like devastation for the capital city."

The untangling of the life in Tehran is predicated on embarking on a comprehensive decision to move the political infrastructure of the city which will in turn pave the ground for transfer of economic, scientific and academic centers to other locations, Golbaz underlined.

Tehran is on the verge of saturation of a healthy and vibrant economic and trade center the MP said adding "rising economic-related embezzlements and thefts has intensified insecurities and concerns of investments on the part of the public."

A major problem of the Capital is the severe air pollution. Although many may debate on the exact nature and causes of pollutant-causing factors, there is no doubt on the suffocating air that Tehran residents are subjected to on daily bases.

Managing Director of Air Pollution Control Organization Saeed Abolhassani said here last month that Tehran experienced over 125 days of unhealthy air pollution during the last Iranian year (ended March 20).

He added that in some days the pollution level came close to dangerous levels. Per international standards the pollution level should not exceed standards in more than one day in a year, Abolhassani underlined.

He warned that the excessive pollution levels have dangerous consequences on the well-being of the Tehran residents.

He pointed to dilapidated cars, which do not carry standard fuel conversion systems, and other industrial sources' increasing dispensation of unhealthy substances into the air as main reasons for the unhealthy pall of smog hanging over the city.

"Even Iran's own environmental regulations call for only one day of above-standard levels of air pollution during a year," he said.

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