IRGC firm involved in 1,100 km of highway projects across Iran: Commander

Head of a major engineering and construction firm affiliated with the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) says that the force has been involved in building more than 1,100 kilometers of highways across Iran.

Saeed Mohammad, who serves as the commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Construction Headquarters, said on Tuesday that the IRGC has played a dominant role in major road projects in Iran including a 158-kilometer ringway south of the capital Tehran which would help ease traffic inside the city once finished later this year.

“Currently, the Khatam Headquarters has either finished or is building 1,100 kilometers of highways,” said Mohammad, adding, “Of that figure, 400 kilometers have been finished, 500 kilometers are in the middle of construction and 200 kilometers are being negotiated.”

The IRGC, a military force tasked with major missions inside and outside Iran, has expanded its development and construction activities over the past years. That has caused the United States to pile more pressure on the elite force and accuse it of involvement in illegal activities.

The Guards have played a major role in reconstruction activities since massive floods swept through areas in south, west and north of Iran in March, leaving tens of thousands homeless.

That came right at a time when US President Donald Trump decided to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization, a first such move in the world by a country to impose sanctions on an official military force of another country.

Speaking on IRGC’s road-building operations, Mohammad said that the Khatam base was planning to finish the southern ringway of Tehran until the end of the current Iranian calendar year in March.

He said the project, where the IRGC has 70 percent of the shares along the government, is estimated to cost some 25 trillion rials (around $210 million), when it is fully completed.

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