Daily Israel Report

Iran Considers Moving Capital From Tehran

City of 12 million suffers from pollution, overcrowding and earthquake dangers. Parliament accepts proposal amid doubt over high costs.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 12/25/2013, 9:59 AM

Northern Tehran
Northern Tehran
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Iran is considering moving its capital from Tehran. The city, which houses 12 million Iranians, suffers from heavy pollution, overcrowding and severe earthquake dangers.

Iran, located on several geological fault-lines, reportedly has one light earthquake per day on average.

The Iranian parliament accepted the outlines of a proposal to establish a council tasked with finding another capital city over the course of 2 years, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency Tuesday.

No city has been suggested in the bill, although several cities are already vying for consideration, reports Al Jazeera.

Harming chances of the move is the high cost involved. 

"This will cost dozens of billions of dollars for a government that has not enough to pay the monthly salary of its staff," reports Saeed Leilaz, a political-economic analyst in Tehran.

Vice-president Mohammad Ali Ansari, who oversees parliament affairs, opposed the plan, saying that the matter is up to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"It is impossible to decide about making the decision on moving without consulting his Excellency," commented Ansari.

While the Iran nuclear deal eased sanctions, the obligations on the Islamic regime have yet to be implemented, and negotiations are currently on hold till after the Christmas holiday.

Despite the tough sanctions Iran has recently boasted of new military advancements, such as the first aerial test of a new long-range cruise missile, and the unveiling of a new radar system for electronic warfare.