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German university ready to start construction of New Town Hashtgerd

Photos by Iran Architechture & Urbanism News Agency

Hashtgerd new town is in 80 kilometers west of Tehran, in north side of
Tehran-Karaj Freeway.

Berlin, April 15, IRNA -- Berlin's Technical University (TU) which is in charge of planning the ultra-modern New Town Hashtgerd project, is ready to begin the construction phase this summer, the German project manager Rudolf Schaefer told IRNA in Berlin on Wednesday.

"We are hoping to start the realization of the project this summer. We have to finally start building an object. We have to exit the phase of expert talks since the plans are ready," added the dean of TU's division of planning, construction and environment.

He stressed the 'very good cooperation' between the Iranian and German side in pressing forward with the Hashtgerd project which is being funded by the German government with 6.3 million euros for 2008 through 2013.

The bilateral project is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) as part of its program 'Research for the Sustainable Development of Megacities of Tomorrow'.

Within this project, some 10 German-international consortia conduct research on energy-efficient urban structures in seven countries with fast growing megacities of tomorrow, among them Shanghai (China), Hyderabad (India), Johannesburg (South Africa) or Casablanca (Morocco).

Pointing to the ongoing visit by a high-ranking delegation from Iran's Housing Ministry in Berlin, Schaefer said working group sessions focused on the development of around 2,000 housing units in a 35 hectare-area in New Town Hashtgerd, located 75 kilometers northwest of Tehran.

The concept which is being developed, takes into account the natural and socio-ecological conditions of the area and dwells on aspects like energy-efficiency, sustainable water supply as well as sewage disposal, said Schaefer.

To that end, it is particularly important that a modern water supply and sewage disposal system is developed, as well as the creation of sustainable concepts concerning water consumption management and waste water recycling, he added.

Hashtgerd has the potential to become an exhibition model for the creation of other new Iranian urban centers, stressed Schaefer.

He added that the Hashtgerd building phase will involve Iranian construction workers who will be trained and supervised in the project by TU Berlin.

Meanwhile, German-Iranian working group talks will also center on 'defining new pilot projects', Schaefer added.

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