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1/30/07

No chance for Isfahan's subway to pass under Chahar Bagh street: Official

By Maryam Tabeshian
 
In a recent visit to Isfahan, president of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization announce that the subway will for sure not pass underneath the historic Chahar Bagh Street.
 

Isfahan’s historic Chahar Bagh St.
 
Tehran, 28 January 2007 (CHN) -- After examining the path of Isfahan’s underground urban railway line, Esfandiyar Rahim Mashayi, President of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), said that there is no chance for Isfahan’s Subway to pass under the historic Chahar Bagh Street.
 
According to the initial plan, the subway is to pass right underneath the historic Chahar Bagh Street, a fact which has provoked oppositions from the Iranian cultural heritage experts and UNESCO as the train movement is believed to be creating shocks equivalent to a tremor of two degrees on the Richter scale which can potentially destroy the historic monuments of the region.
 
Mashayi, who went to Isfahan yesterday to observe the process of modification of Jahan Nama Tower based on UNESCO’s earlier demand, also visited the city’s metro infrastructures. During his visit, Mashayi said that ICHTO has devised strict regulations for any kind of construction activity near Iran’s historic heritage and added: “Considering the pressure imposed by city authorities regarding huge financial loss that any change in the path of Isfahan’s underground railway line or postponement in construction activities would bring, we created an expert committee to examine the case and finally prohibited the railway authorities from installing tracks under Chahar Bagh Street.”
 
Chahar-Bagh, literary meaning ‘four gardens,’ is the name of a street in Isfahan designed by Isfahani architects under Shah Abbas the Great of Safavid dynasty in the year 1597 in three flanks with stone pavement and rivers passing by. This contributed to the magnificent surroundings of the historical site.
 
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