By Maryam Ahamdi, Rooz Online
In a gathering of administrative and human
resources managers from across the country, interior minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar
announced the finalization of plans to move the capital from Tehran: "The plan
to move the capital has been on the table for years, but in this administration
we are serious about implementing it."
The metropolis of Tehran houses about 10 million
Criticizing the capital's current condition,
Mohammad-Najjar emphasized, "The plan to move the capital is serious for
security, crisis-management, population and environmental issues gripping
He pointed to the administration's decision last spring to move 163 state firms
to the provinces, adding, "We must help to achieve this goal, and not let the
plan to transfer clerks, firms and agencies to outside Tehran end in defeat."
The plan to move the capital has been discussed many times in prior years.
Policymakers considered the option in both 1364 and 1368, following the end of
the Iran-Iraq war, as a possible solution to problems surrounding Tehran. In the
end, however, they opted for a plan to renovate Tehran rather than to move the
capital. The plan was discussed once again the in early 1370s to no end.
Finally, last year, the Expediency Council voted to consider the possibility of
moving the capital from Tehran.
View of Tehran from Milad Tower
One month after the Expediency Council's
decision, the representative from the city of Shahroud in the Majlis named
Shahroud as one of the main candidates to replace Tehran as the capital.
Previously, the city of Semnan was named as a potential candidate too. Kazem
Jalali, who serves on the eighth Majlis' national security committee, told
reporters that three destinations are in contention to replace Tehran as the
capital, though he did not release the names of the destinations.
On February 6, 2010, during a visit to an emergency shelter in western Tehran,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that an earthquake is imminent and warned against
the potential damage. Noting that a quarter of residents in Tehran have the
means to relocate to other parts of the country, he asked the capital's
residents to seriously consider migrating from Tehran. On April 20, the science
minister announced a plan to relocate several universities from Tehran to avoid
damages from a potential earthquake.
Then Ahmadinejad suggested that 5 million residents should migrate out of
Tehran, and on May 19, the cabinet released the names of 163 state agencies and
firms that must relocate out of Tehran.
So far, the president's special aides in implementing the capital relocation
plan have ordered three ministries to work on reducing the number of students in
Tehran by relocating them to other cities. The ministry of science, research and
technology, ministry of health, and ministry of education have been ordered to
implement plans to reduce university capacity in Tehran and lower admission bars
for universities in other cities.
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