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Laying Cables in Vicinity of Bisotun Completed

By Soudabeh Sadigh
While only 7 months has passed since the registration of Bisotun  in list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, undertaking development projects in Bisotun plain, including Petrochemical and Telecommunication activities has posed irrecoverable damages to this world heritage site.
Darius' frieze in Bisotun
Tehran, 17 February 2007 (CHN) -- Despite all oppositions raised for installing cables in the vicinity of Bisotun World Heritage Site in Iranian western province of Kermanshah, the provincial Telecommunication Organization has completed the project which has led into annihilation of some historical evidence belonging to the Sassanid (224-651 AD) and Ilkhanid (1256-1336 AD) dynastic eras.    
Prior to this, the provincial office of Telecommunication Organization in Kermanshah tried to attract the approval of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kermanshah province for laying cables near the Khosrow Bridge in Bisotun Plain. However, each time the request was rejected by Kermanshah provincial department of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) due to existence of a number of historical sites in the area especially the Khosrow Bridge.
Later, during an unannounced program, the Telecommunication Organization started digging cannels for installing cables which has resulted in destruction of some Sassanid and Ilkhanid historical sites. This is while, experts of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kermanshah province, had already suggested another path near the Chehr Bridge to minimize the damages to Bisotun world heritage site as much as possible, which it seems that since this path required more budget, it was not welcomed by the Telecommunication Organization and they preferred to complete the project based on their initial programs.   
Following the strong opposition of the provincial department of ICHTO, some contradictory claims raised by Kermanshah's Telecommunication Organization and the council of Chambatan and Sofla villages, inhabitants of which were accused by the Telecommunication Organization for digging canals without getting permission from the Telecommunication Organization.
However, in a talk with CHN, director of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kermanshah province, pointed that evidence indicate that the Telecommunication Organization is in charge of what happened in Bisotun plain. "We have documented the case to peruse it through legal authorities," said Asadolah Biranvand to CHN.     
Bisotun Plain is spread at the foothill of Bisotun Mountain in Kermanshah province, western Iran, where several ancient remains including prehistoric caves, a temple from the Medes Empire, the relief and inscription of the Achaemenid King Darius I, Hecules relief, etc are found. It was registered in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites on July 13th, 2006 in a decision made by the World Heritage Committee in its 30th session which was held din Lithuania.  
Bisotun's Cultural Landscape Intruded by Telecom. Org.

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