Sasanid era Khosrow hunting ground is located in Kermanshah in the
southern section of the Taq-e Bostan historical site. It was enclosed by
four large walls made of mud bricks.
to the regulations of the High Council for Urbanization, all construction
in historical regions is strictly prohibited.
Kermanshah Governor General’s Office has declared that the Shahid Sayyad
Shirazi Overpass will help reduce traffic, although experts say that the
overpass will do little to alleviate traffic congestion.
director of Iran’s Historical Structures Department said on Saturday
that a comprehensive plan for construction projects was approved in
Kermanshah in 2001, according to which provincial officials must consult
and cooperate with Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO)
officials in all projects affecting historical areas, but the Kermanshah
Governor General’s Office never held consultations with the CHTO on
construction of the overpass.
the construction process began, the Kermanshah Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Department filed a letter of complaint, but the court ruled that
the construction should continue, saying the documents submitted were
insufficient, Mohammad-Ali Tabarsa added.
representatives pursued the matter, and construction has now been halted
for one week to provide time to resolve the issue.
this is not the only case of construction work threatening a historical
example, Taq-e Bostan will surely lose its chance to be registered on the
World Heritage List if plans to construct a cable car line at the site are
construction of a petrochemical factory in Kermanshah Province near the
Bistun site, which dates back to the sixth century BC, has also troubled
cultural heritage enthusiasts.