Laying Cables in Vicinity of Bisotun Completed
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
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
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.
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