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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Ahmadinejad: Monorail Can Help Ease Traffic Problems

Iran Daily: "Monorail Can Help Ease Traffic Problems


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, Sept. 25--Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the monorail system Tehran Municipality is planning to construct in the populous metropolis will help reduce traffic jams, stressing that motorists would be unable to move easily in the capital city in the next five years unless modern transportation means are employed.
According to the Persian daily Javan, the mayor further told reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with Tehran District 10 Municipality officials that the 90-kilometer Tehran monorail will operate on five main routes.
He stressed that the metropolis needs 400 kilometers of monorail, adding that the system is one of the most modern transportation means.
Ahmadinejad said earlier this month that Tehran Municipality will continue to implement the project to construct monorail transport system in the capital city, rejecting strong opposition from experts.
"This is a legal project," the mayor said. "We will not engage in political and press games and will continue to implement this modern project in cooperation with the private sector."
Ahmadinejad's insistence comes amid increasing concerns by some urban experts the monorail system will only add to the city's already nerve-racking noise pollution.
Experts contend that monorail cannot help ease traffic-related problems"

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