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Experts Studying Effects of Humidity on Bolaghi Pass


News Category: Cultural Disaster

 06 December 2005



Energy Ministry has announced that it will install hygrometers and other devices to check the level of humidity at Bolaghi Pass once Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) can provide concrete evidence about possible damages to cultural heritage sites resulting from a rise in humidity after the commissioning Sivand Dam in Fars province.

According to CHN, the head of Parliament Cultural Commission’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Committee had announced earlier that the parliament and Energy Ministry are seeking to procure a hygrometer in cooperation with UNESCO.

Experts maintain that hygrometer will measure the effects of humidity on erosion in Pasargad and if this is found to be high, the dam will filled with water at the lowest possible level.

Deputy Minister of Energy for water affairs said that it will take three years to fill the dam with water and during this period research can be conducted on possible damages to historical monuments due to the commissioning of the dam.

Rasoul Zargar added that although the ministry’s expertise in this field does not match that of the ICHTO, it too is worried about the safety of historical monuments.

“The ministry will soon conduct research on the rate of damage that may be inflicted to historical monuments by the dam before making a final decision,“ Zargar concluded.




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