Urban Regeneration Top Priority of MRUD
Saturday 10 February 2018
MRUD News— Ministry of Roads and Urban Development publicly launched and unveiled its national agenda of 'Urban Regeneration' on 8 February 2018. The scheme is described as the largest urban development plan in Iran's history with regeneration of 1334 neighborhoods across country.
According to a survey from current status of inefficient settlements, 2700 neighborhoods, in 543 cities within 141000 hectares of urban area are identified. The regeneration of these neighborhoods will upgrade livability of 6 million households.
At the presence of the President, Vice President and members of national 'Committee of Urban Regeneration' which was formed by approval of the Cabinet on September 2014 with branches in all cities, Abbas Akhoundi, Minister of Roads and Urban Development pointed to two main challenges of livability and mobility in cities and announced that the Ministry's fundamental Agenda through urban regeneration policy is empowerment of cities as a social structure rather than a physical structure collectively and individually. Collectively, it aims to restore IranShahr identity and individually it aims to empower the residents of target neighborhoods economically, socially and physically (in terms of quality of settlements) centering on neighborhoods in each districts.
Overall, in the housing and urban development sector, there is a major shift from a project-oriented Government to a planning-oriented Government which mainly sees its mission in setting grounds for citizens and private sector to play their roles.
The scheme is planned in two 5-year. The first will include 1334 neighborhoods. The basis of plan is to revive the main elements of neighborhoods which vary based on each neighborhood.
The initiatives will include plans in: i) development of urban superstructures and facilities, ii) improving infrastructures, rehabilitation and promotion of public spaces, 3) providing urban regeneration plan of cities, 4) upgrading economic potentials and capacity building at local and urban scales.
The expected budget is 75000 billion tomans within 5-year period.
The program started simultaneously in Tehran, Boushehr, East Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Fars and Hamedan Provinces.