Photos by Alieh Saadatpour, Mehr News Agency
After eight months of dryness, water once again started flowing in Zayandeh Rud river in Isfahan on Monday, and this brought happiness to the residents of the city who had gathered by the river to celebrate the occasion.
Zayandeh Rud, which passes under the historical sio-seh-pol bridge is one of the icons of the city and a tourist attraction. However, in recent years the river has been drying during the summer months creating a grim picture.
HAMSHAHRI, in a news report has quoted Isfahan Mayor Morteza Saqqaeian-Nejad as saying that it will take seven years to implement the project which is aimed at reviving the Zayanderud River. He said shortage of underground waters and the existence of numerous wells have impacted the Zayandeh Rud's ecosystem. The mayor suggested that a short-term plan is required to prevent a complete drying up of the river. He added the issue of Zayandeh Rud is a national issue so a solution should be found as soon as possible.
Rud (life giver river) is the largest river on the central plateau of
Iran, Isfahan Province. The Zayandeh starts in the Zagros Mountains and
flows 400 kilometres (200 mi) eastward before ending in the Gavkhouni swamp,
a seasonal salt lake, southeast of Esfahan city. The Zayandeh Rud is spanned by many historical Safavid era bridges,
and flows through many parks. Zayandeh Rud normally has significant flow all
year long, unlike many of Iran's rivers which are seasonal. But in recent years,
due to severe draught and diversion of water resources feeding the river,
Zayandeh Rud has been completely drying up during the summer seasons.
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