Ministry of Roads and Urban Development

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Ministry of Roads and Urban Development
وزارت راه و شهرسازی
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Agency overview
Formed27 June 2011
Preceding agencies
JurisdictionIslamic Republic of Iran
HeadquartersTehran, Iran
Employees46,476 (2019)[1]
Minister responsible
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The Ministry of Roads and Urban Development[2] (Persian: وزارت راه و شهرسازی‎) is an Iranian government body in charge of providing and regulating the country's transport infrastructure (including roads, railroads, shipping lanes and airways), as well as setting policies for the housing sector and construction industry. This Ministry was formed on 27 June 2011, when the two ministries of Housing and Urban Development and Ministry of Roads and Transport[3] were merged.

Companies and organisations, such as Iran Air,[4] I.R. Iran Railways,[5] and Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation (PMO)[6] function under the supervision of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development.

The Ministry follows a set of objectives and missions in the transport, urban development and housing sectors. These include, but are not limited to: formulating and implementing policies in these sectors, providing and maintaining infrastructure, creating national plans for urban development and fostering urban regeneration, coordinating efforts in the aforementioned sectors with the private sector, as well as administrative affairs on a national level.

Departments within the Ministry[edit]

  • Housing and Construction
  • Human Resource Management and Development
  • Legal, Parliamentary Affairs and Provinces
  • Planning and Resource Management
  • Transport
  • Urban Planning and Architecture

Affiliated Companies and Organisations of the Ministry[edit]

Ministers of Roads and Urban Development[edit]

Ministers of Roads and Transport[edit]

Ministers of Housing and Urban Development[edit]


The ministry was founded in 1877 as the Ministry of Public Benefits[7] at the time of Naseredin Shah. The ministry was responsible for roads and bridge construction as well as their maintenance. After the formation of General Bureau of Roads[8] in 1922, it was renamed as Ministry of Ways[9] by a Parliamentary law in 1929. Later in 1936 Parliament passed a law to call it the Ministry of Roads,[10] and again on July 6, 1974 it was renamed as Ministry of Roads and Transport.[11][12]

Ministry of Roads and Transport[edit]

وزارت راه و ترابری
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Agency overview
Formed9 September 1877
Dissolved27 June 2011
Superseding agency
JurisdictionIslamic Republic of Iran
HeadquartersIran Tehran, Iran
WebsiteOfficial Website

Ministry of Roads and Transport of Iran (Persian: وزارت راه و ترابری‎), was the main organ of Iranian Government responsible for administration of roadway, railway, airway and seaway transport inside the country and transport connections between Iran and other countries. The last acting minister was Ali Nikzad. The ministry consisted of five deputies as:[13][14]

  • Deputy for Development of Management Resources
  • Deputy for Parliamentary Affairs & Provinces Coordination
  • Deputy for Education, Research & Technology
  • Deputy for Planning & Transport Economy
  • Deputy for Construction & Maintenance of Rural Roads

In June 2011, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the Ministry of Roads and Transport were merged into what was then called the Ministry of Transport and Housing.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ جزییات تعداد کارمندان دولت در سال ۹۷ Tasnim News
  2. ^ "MRUD Homepage". Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Iran Air". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Islamic Republic Of Iran Railways". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Organization, Ports & Maritime. "Home | Ports & Maritime Organization". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  7. ^ وزارت فوائد عامه
  8. ^ اداره كل طرق و شوارع
  9. ^ وزارت طرق و شوارع
  10. ^ وزارت راه
  11. ^ History, Ministry of Roads and Transportation, Retrieved on July 2, 2010.
  12. ^ History (Persian), Ministry of Roads and Transportation, Retrieved on July 2, 2010.
  13. ^ Deputies, Ministry of Roads and Transport, Retrieved on July 20, 2010.
  14. ^ Organizational chart, Ministry of Roads and Transport, Retrieved on July 20, 2010.
  15. ^ [1]

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