Above: some of the 12.000 public housing units recently constructed at this one residential project in Zanjan
According to Tehran Times:
The administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has handed the keys to over 1.18 million low-cost [units] to applicants under the Mehr Housing Project, the transport and urban development minister announced on Friday.
Of the 2.18 million Mehr [units] under construction, over 1.18 million have been completed and given to applicants, Ali Nikzad said.
He said the other one million residential units will be completed by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2014).
He also said during the past eight years, 2.12 million rural houses have been renovated to withstand earthquakes.
The administration has been implementing the Mehr Housing Project in different parts of the country to build millions of residential units and stabilize housing prices.
Under this plan, real estate developers are offered free parcels of land in return for building cheap residential units for first-time buyers, who receive 99-year mortgages for the purchase of the land.It is an Ahmadinejad policy such as this which provides implied justification for the results of methodologically sound public opinion polls where consistently large majorities inside Iran provide varying levels of positive response when queried over their form of governance. Even Khamenei, who in the Western press has been depicted as being severely anti-Ahmadinejad, stated at a recent speech:
The incumbent administration enjoys many strengths although it may suffer from certain weaknesses. Which one of us does not suffer from weaknesses in our work? It is necessary to see the strengths as well. Important things have been done in the country. The services that have been rendered, the infrastructure-related work has been done, the development projects that have been carried out - these things must not be ignored.Relevant to this observation is the latest blog post from Professor Proofessor Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, titled "Evaluate policies, then politicians." Well worth the read.
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