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Map of Yazd Up for Revision


19 June 2005



The comprehensive map of the ancient city of Yazd will be revised to restore and reinforce the city's cultural heritage structures.

The Urban and Architecture News Agency (UAN) said that a comprehensive map of Yazd was compiled in 1992 and has been approved by Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO). However, the historical sites in the city and the old buildings need reinforcement to endure.

Masoud Jaafarian director of Urban Development and Architecture Department of Yazd said that the decision to review the comprehensive map of Yazd was intended at reconstructing the historical texture of the city and turning Yazd into a tourist site.

"The current texture of Yazd needs renovation as well as urban development. Otherwise, the historical buildings will be gradually ruined and people living there will abandon the area."

Jaafarian said that to safeguard cultural heritage sites, ICHTO has objected to the urban development projects for the city and the process of broadening the streets of Yazd has been put on hold.

Citing contradiction between urban development and protection of cultural heritage, he said that in order to set up advanced transport networks, the old streets of Yazd need to be widened, but, the projects could not be carried out owing to objection from ICHTO.

He said that majority of the people living in the old quarters of the city have moved to newly built housing districts of Safaeiyeh and Imam Shahr on the outskirt of Yazd.



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