There are discussions about moving the capital away from Damascus – and building a whole new city near Homs.
The IWPR says it is one of a number of ideas to reduce congestion in Damascus by taking Syria’s political and administrative away from the city. The new capital would be in the town of Hasiaa, near Homs.
Not only would it mean thousands of people moving out of Damascus, but it would prevent the rural-urban drift – where people come to Damascus looking for work. In effect, Syria would be more of a two-centred country, like the US with the New York-Washington DC divide.
The new city would be paid for by selling administrative buildings in Damascus and by selling housing in Hasiaa to employees.
The idea comes from a report by private engineer Waddah Saeb. Officials say they haven’t received any of his suggestions.