Iran Inaugurates Several Roads, Urban Development Projects
TEHRAN (FNA)- Several national roads and urban development projects in Iran were inaugurated on Thursday in a ceremony participated by outgoing President Hassan Rouhani via video conferencing.
A project worth about 29,000 billion Tomans was inaugurated, including 321 km of main roads and highways, together with 16 port projects and a number of road improvement projects and flood reconstruction, Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami said, addressing the ceremony.
"Regarding the development of Iran's transport infrastructure, we could build about 11,000 kilometers of main roads, highways, and freeways under the 11th and 12th governments, many of which were inaugurated and some will be opened in the next few days," he added.
"About 50% of the country's freeway capacity has increased and the length of the country's highways has increased by 60% and also the length of railways has increased by 40%," Eslami noted.
"We have connected 5 provinces to the railway network and the other 3 provinces will be completed soon."
Meantime, addressing the ceremony, President Rouhani said that "we are proud that in the conditions during the hard economic war and the coronavirus outbreak, God helped us to continue the path of creating a surge in production, as well as supporting and removing the obstacles of production with strength."
He referred to the inauguration of important plans and projects in the field of roads, urban planning, sports and youth in different cities of the country, and said, "The inauguration of about 21,000 billion Tomans of plans and projects in one day, despite the difficult conditions of economic war, is very important."
Rouhani said that Iran's highways have increased from 12,000 to 20,000 kilometers, adding, "In the field of railways, very good measures have been taken in the last 8 years and the connection of the country's railways and its role in transit is very important."
He also pointed to the measures taken by the government for the development of the country's ports, saying, "Development of Makran Coasts is one of the important measures and honors of this government."
Earlier this month, Rouhani had said that the harshest-ever sanctions imposed by Washington against Tehran were not able to prevent the growth of the country's economy.
"Last year, we had more than 7% industrial growth, while many countries had negative economic growth last year and the world economy shrank by 3%, in the year 1399 (March 21 2019-2020) Iran witnessed a positive economic growth of 3.6%," Rouhani said at a virtual inauguration ceremony of several other national projects.
Rouhani said that he would hand over power to the next president with a 3.6% economic growth while appreciating the people for their patience and resistance amid the pressures of sanctions and the Covid-19 pandemic.
He praised the achievements made during his administration in the past 8 years since 2013, saying that the domestic "steel industry chain" was completed during his tenure.