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1/14/07

Urban Train, No Threat for Taq-e Bostan

By Soudabeh Sadigh

According to authorities of Kermanshah's urban train, all necessary conditions for preventing any possible harm to the historic site of Taq-e Bostan will be implemented in performing the railway project.


Taq-e Bostan historic site, Kermanshah province

Tehran, 11 January 2007 (CHN) -- Head of Kermanshah's urban train project announced that the historic site of Taq-e Bostan and other historic monuments in Kermanshah will be preserved in construction of a railway network in the area.

In an interview with CHN, Ali Naderan, head of Kermanshah's city train said that the final plan for the project will be submitted to Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) by the end of April 2007 before being implementing. "For sure the historical and natural values of the historic city of Kermanshah will be fully observed in implementation of the project to develop the city's transportation system," said Naderan.

Naderan also said that experts of urban development are also considering other alternatives such as monorail, tram, etc. in order to choose the best system that goes with the historic setting of the city. He further added that the studies will determine the best path for the installment of trail tracks.

"Once studies are completed, we will hold talks with the authorities of ICHTO and Iran's Environment Organization to eliminate the remaining shortcomings," added Naderan.

Development activities in the vicinity of Taq-e Bostan historical site during the last three decades have created a dilemma and posed real threats to world registration of this archeological site.

Taq-e Bostan is situated 5 kilometers from the city of Kermanshah, capital of Kermanshah province, western Iran. It is a series of large rock reliefs in the heart of Zagros Mountains, belonging to the Sassanid dynastic era (226-651 AD). The carvings which include representations of the investitures of Sassanid kings Ardeshir II and Shapur III are some of the best examples of Persian sculpture during the Sassanid dynasty, survived after nearly 17 centuries despite being situated in an open area exposed to strong winds and heavy rainfall.

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