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Ahmadinejad offers incentives to reduce Tehran's population

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Sunday that his administration plans to reduce the population of Tehran by offering various incentives.

View of Tehran from Milad Tower

The administration will grant loan, land and subsidy for those Tehranis who move to other cities, said Ahmadinejad in a meeting with the directors the Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation.

He said the administration has drafted a comprehensive plan for the transfer of the population from Tehran province to other provinces, adding the details of the plan will be released later.

The metropolis of Tehran houses about 10 million people.

Earlier the president had urged Tehran citizens to move to other cities, saying the metropolis of Tehran, which sits on two major fault lines, is faced with the threat of massive earthquakes.

"Tehran is faced with issues such as heavy traffic congestion and air pollution which can be resolved, but how can earthquakes be prevented?"

He also asked if a major quake hits Tehran, how the crisis can be managed in this overpopulated city?

At least five million people should leave Tehran in order to reduce the population to a standard level, he added.

Ahmadinejad also highlighted the importance of developing rural areas, saying everyone who is ready to work in villages should be granted interest free loans, he asserted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he expressed hope that once again people live in the spacious houses.

Unfortunately, the unjust economic systems ruling the world have made people live in compact and crammed apartments, he noted.

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