Speaking to reporters in the city of Semnan, 236 km south of Tehran, Lari noted that talks about a possible shift in the national capital to another city usually mushroom after the occurrence of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, etc.
Lari's comments came in the wake of widespread rumors that a "big earthquake" could hit Tehran and that the cabinet is considering the idea of shifting the capital from Tehran to another city in order to prevent calamitous consequences.
After quite a number of earthquakes hit different cities in Iran, particularly the north in recent weeks, residents in the premier city fear the predicted "big" quake is now on its way to the capital.
Shifting the capital from Tehran is not a good approach to rumors of approaching natural disasters, Lari said.
Instead, he added, building construction laws and regulations in the capital must be reviewed and aging buildings or those that do not comply with these laws must be rebuilt or destroyed.
The minister then urged Tehran municipality to seriously examine its building construction laws and regulations and go after construction companies that violate these laws or construct buildings for maximum profit at the expense of human lives.
... Payvand News - 6/13/04 ... --