“Tehran, a Model City for the Country,” said Tehran mayor in a meeting with members of parliament
Alireza Zakani, the mayor of Tehran pointed to the capacities of the Islamic parliament to pay attention to the development of the capital city and said: “Tehran is not just a city, but a symbolic collection of services to the whole country and the parliament has to utilize its resources to develop it further.”
The solemn objective of Tehran municipality, as the closest entity of service to citizens, should be to pay worthy attention to show spirituality in the all-around progress of the city. In this regard, and in the evolution process of the Islamic Republic, Tehran has to act as the role model for the development of other cities.
Zakani, stated that according to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Tehran itself is a country, and added: "Tehran will become an example of the Islamic Republic model city." People must experience justice and the values of the revolution in all dimensions throughout the city."
According to the mayor, Tehran is a collection of nearly 70,000 hectares, of which 12,000 hectares is unstable and exhausted tissue. In addition, the national and Islamic identity is not quite visible in this city, and the citizens experience injustice which makes Tehran be far from the desired city. In another part, Zakani addressed air pollution as one of the most serious challenges in today’s Tehran and said: we are witnessing a high level of air pollution 350 days a year. He also referred to traffic, environmental issues, and old tissues as other challenging factors affecting the health of the city.
He emphasized that attracting the cooperation of citizens is an important tool that must be considered through their thoughts and opinion, practical capabilities, and credibility. "People do not participate unless they trust, and they do not trust unless they witness good service.” He explained: "It is important in what situation we took over the city, but it is more important in what situation we hand over it." The whole city should be considered as a single ecosystem to be transformed on the axis of innovation and intelligence, and the change has to be introduced from within the municipality.