Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf was quoted by Tehran SAMA as thanking urban officials noting that many civil projects have been implemented in district 7 in past years including widening Damavand Avenue. He added that people should see new civil projects implemented every season and noted that the city is constantly progressing.
Ghalibaf said Imam Ali (AS) highway is the most important project in district 7 because it was mothballed for 25 years. The mayor noted that 5,000 residential units should be acquired to continue building the highway and this is not an easy task. He hoped that through cooperation of people in districts 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, and 20 the highway will reach Imam Khomeini shrine in the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2012) and people can go from north Tehran to Imam Khomeini shrine with no red lights. Ghalibaf added that there are 14 major intersections along Imam Ali (AS) highway and all of them are being constructed from the beginning of district 8 to district 10.
The mayor said Tehran Municipality's policy is to bridge the gap between north and south, as well as east and west Tehran and Imam Ali (AS) highway will help reduce the distances.