شنبه ۲۰ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۰:۳۶ - ۱۰ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
The six-month row between Tehran municipal government and the commerce ministry over Tehran's expo center came to a head last week when city council speaker Mehdi Chamran denounced the upcoming international auto expo as “illegal.” The city's action has jeopordized plans for several major international trade exhibitions. Tehran’s international expo center, the site of hundreds trade exhibitions and conventions since before the revolution, is in danger of being permanently closed, if the city’s conservative mayor Mahmoud Ahmadipour and his backers in the conservative city council manage to rollback commerce ministry’s resistance to their plan.
The six-month row came to a head last week when city council speaker Mehdi Chamran held a press conference to denounce the upcoming international auto expo as “illegal.”
The row over the expo center, which the city says is bad for traffic, has jeopardized plans for major upcoming trade shows, including the book expo, spring fashion expo and the auto show.
Observers say the traffic jams around the expo center is only an excuse. The real reason for the city council’s plan to close the expo center is the state radio-TV monopoly’s decision to expand into the site.
The city council speaker said the book expo will be held in a temporary facility in the hills of Abbas Abad, a Tehran suburb, and a location in Vavan, a suburban town, is being discussed as the cite of the new expo center.