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New Challenges on the Way of Inundation of Sivand Dam

By Soudabeh Sadigh
With gathering in front of Iran’s Ministry of Energy and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, a large number of cultural heritage enthusiasts stressed their objections to the inundation of Sivand Dam.
Tehran, 7 February 2007 (CHN) -- Today a larger number of cultural heritage enthusiasts gathered in front of Iran’s Ministry of Energy to voice their objections against inundation of Sivand Dam in Fars province with holding placards. With attendance of a representative of the Public Relations Department and some of the authorities of the Ministry who succeeded in calming down the angry crowd with promising them that the flooding of the dam will not be started until getting the formal permission of the President of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), protesters left the area for ICHTO to continue their objections.
Evidence show that the protesters confronted with severe reaction of the guard of the Organization who wanted to confiscated their photographs.


Placards in the crowd read: “Preserving cultural heritage is preserving the cultural values of a country. Protecting cultural heritage is as important as protecting the geographical borders of a country. With inundation of Sivand Dam what will be your answer to next generations? Rescue historical sites in Sivand region. Save Pasargadae. With inundation of Sivand Dam, what will happen for Iran’s cultural heritage and ecosystem? What a high cost for producing energy. What a pity, Iran is getting lost.”      
Bolaghi Gorge
The outcome of the objections was that protesters succeeded in winning the approval of the counselor of the President of ICHTO to hold a session with attendance of authorities of ICHTO, Iran’s Ministry of Energy, and NGOs to discuss the case in detail to reach to a conclusion about inundation of the dam.
Dam construction has become one of the nightmares of Iranian cultural heritage enthusiasts in the recent years. Although economically important, constructions of dams in Iran have threatened the country’s rich cultural heritage. One of the most important examples of such is construction of Sivand Dam in Bolaghi Gorge, Iranian Fars province, which is an important archeological site close to the world heritage site of Pasargadae. This issue raised many concerns and created rumors across the country saying that some anonymous groups have vowed to destroy the dam by explosives.
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