EghtesadOnline: Tehran Metro Group has announced that the partial relaunch of Line 7 has been scheduled for July 14. The line was initially inaugurated in 2017 and was shut down due to safety issues.
“In the initial phase, Line 7 covers a 6-kilometer stretch of rail track including five stations that link Mahdiyeh station to Navvab-e Safavi,” Tehran Metro Group CEO Ali Emam told ISNA. “Five stations namely Mahdiyeh, Beryanak, Kumeil, Rudaki, and Navvab-e Safavi will be launched on Saturday.” Another station named ‘Helal-e Ahmar’ (Red Crescent) will soon be inaugurated after installation of escalators, he added. Mahdiyeh is a transfer station for lines 3 and 7. The premature opening of Line 7 by former mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf amid 2017 presidential campaigns in a bid to manipulate development reports totally backfired, drawing widespread criticism from public transport experts and independent urban planners, and was soon rolled back by his successor Mohammad Ali Najafi. According to Emam, safety standards have been taken into full consideration before making the call this time; all ventilation and signaling issues have been resolved and various tests have been conducted to ascertain that no problems will resurface, according to Financial Tribune.