The Ministry of Energy of Iran has announced it will launch several electricity and water projects despite the outbreak of the coronavirus ravaging the country with the official death toll passing 2,000.
PressTV, the first Iranian international news network in English, reports that even though the nation is facing difficult financial and logistical problems, a total of 38 projects will be commenced in 15 provinces during the coming three months.
Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said the various projects, including water treatment plants, would be worth 60.82 trillion rials (approximately US$400 million).
Ardakanian also said that the country would continue with its infrastructure plans even with the financial difficulties it is currently facing.
The minister said: “This year, the coronavirus disease has cast its shadow on the country but inauguration of these projects would be a sign that no obstacle would incapacitate the determination of the Iranians for development.”
According to PressTV, at the beginning of March, the energy minister finished a nationwide campaign for 227 key infrastructure projects to be built within the next six months.
These projects include water and sewage plants as well as electricity facilities and will cost approximately US$2.2 billion.
The government has vowed to finance at least 70 per cent of the investment for the various projects.