Mehdi Chamran, the chairman of the City Council of Tehran, announced the handover of Tehran’s development projects to the Khatam-al Anbiya Construction Headquarters (GHORB) of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
On October 3, Chamran, referring to the cooperation of the City Council with the IRGC, said: “The City Council has always worked closely with the IRGC and GHORB to carry out large projects in the form of megaprojects.”
Without mentioning the names and number of these projects, he said that the Tehran Municipality intends to hand over the “mega projects” to the IRGC.
Mohammad Javad Haghshenas, a member of the Tehran City Council, during an interview in April 2021, announced the secret contracts entitled “Finance 1” and “Finance 2”, which were unofficially concluded with GHORB during the mayoralty of Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. According to him, “the money involved was more than the annual budget of the municipality.”
Khatam-al Anbiya Construction Headquarters was established after the end of the Iran-Iraq War with the aim of involving the IRGC in economic projects, and quickly became the largest economic cartel and sponsor of the IRGC’s military activities outside Iran with the support of the Islamic Republic.
GHORB is an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-owned group of companies that acts as a prime contractor on projects for Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs; involved in large-scale civil and military construction and engineering projects, according to the U.N. Security Council; oversees subsidiaries that, according to the U.N. Security Council, “were heavily involved in the construction of” the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.
GHORB’s civil engineering activities include road and dam construction and the manufacture of pipelines to transport water, oil, and gas; also involved in mining operations, agriculture, and telecommunications; main clients include Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Oil, Ministry of Roads and Transportation, and Ministry of Defense.