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10/11/06

Two new metro stations inaugurated in Tehran

TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (Mehr News Agency) -- Featured below is a selection of images of a ceremony, in which Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf inaugurated two subway stations of Globarg and Nezam Abad Monday.

Comprehensive transport system planned for Tehran

Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf said here on Monday that officials and experts have drawn up a plan for a comprehensive transportation system for Tehran.

As a result of the cooperation between the Municipality and the police, the flow of traffic has improved over the past few months, Qalibaf added on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony for the Golbarg and Nezamabad subway stations in central Tehran.

Such steps are only short-term solutions, like painkillers, but the traffic problem requires a comprehensive solution, the mayor pointed out.

Qalibaf said improving the standard of living and the municipal economy and educating people are the three major principles of the Municipality.

"According to surveys, traffic is the most important concern of the people. Thus, all infrastructure projects and plans of the Municipality prioritize the reduction of traffic congestion.

"And the completion of unfinished projects is being expedited," the mayor insisted.

For instance, garbage collection will be mechanized all over Tehran by mid-December, and the plan also calls for the construction of more sidewalks, he explained.

Countdown clocks have been installed at project sites to inform the public of their schedules, and if a project is not completed on time, the people should be informed whether it was due to incompetence or insufficient funding.

Some projects which were begun 10, 20, or even 35 years ago have still not been completed, he noted.

Tehran's funds from national budget have not been allocated

Qalibaf expressed his appreciation of the administration and parliament for Clause 13 of the National Budget Law for Iranian calendar year 1385 (March 2006-March 2007), which allocates funds for improving public transportation.

This is the most important difference between the current administration and previous ones, he said.

"But, I can honestly say that up to now, Clause 13 has not been implemented the way it should have been.

"After seven months, nothing has been allocated to Tehran from the 10 trillion rials credit and the 4 billion dollars credit, whereas 40 percent of the credits in Clause 13 of the National Budget Law is earmarked for Tehran," he stated.

While they are withholding funds for Tehran, parliament authorizes the withdrawal of large sums of money from the Foreign Exchange Fund for subsidies and importing gasoline, and this shows how the capital is misspent, he opined.

However, almost one million subway trips are taken every day, but if the $600 million credit required for the purchase of new subway cars was provided, the number of trips would double, Qalibaf added.

Photos: Sajjad Safari

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