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1700-Year-Old Weir of Mizan Damaged

By Soudabeh Sadigh

Dredging operations in the Sassanian weir of Mizan in Sustar have resulted in damaging some parts of the canals of this 1700-year-old weir.

Tehran, 16 June 2007 (CHN) -- Dredging operations in an attempt to pull the tree branches out of Mizan weir in Sustar by Khuzestan's Regional Water Organization have resulted in damaging some parts of the canal of this Sassanian weir.

The bridge of Lashkar weir, Mizan wier, and Salasel fortress are all considered as prominent historical evidence in city of Sustar, Khuzestan province, which have a connection with the famous Sassanian waterfalls in Sustar as well. Currently these historical sites are suffering a very bad condition and are on verge of destruction. This issue has become a matter of great concern among cultural heritage experts. Passing of heavy vehicles from Mizan weir during the past few years has posed some serious harms to this 1700-year-old weir.

According to Saeed Souzangar, member of Sustar's Cultural Heritage enthusiasts association, by using mechanical shovels for pulling the trunk of trees out of the canal, Khuzestan's Regional Water Organization has broken some parts of this Sassanid weir.

15 meters in thick, Mizan weir had two usages during ancient times. In addition to control the flow of water, it was constructed to divide the water of Karun River into two 2-1 parts. This weir was devised in a way that if the amount of released water overflows the permitted level, it was turned back to its original place. However, some deep cracks have been appeared on Mizan weir due to passing of heavy vehicles which are getting worse everyday. Canals of Mizan weir were used for irrigation of agricultural lands in the area.

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