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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©


 

Ganj-Namé Cable Car Project Challenged

 

 

 

04 September 2005

 

 

Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has approved the project to establish a cable car line for tourists visiting the historical site of Ganj-Namé in Hamedan but experts have expressed reservations about the scheme.


According to CHN, experts believe that setting up a cable car line in the area will harm the natural site and the texture of the historical monument of Ganj-Namé. The vibration generated by the towers supporting the cable car system may damage the stone slabs of Ganj-Namé. However, the company entrusted with installing the cable car argued that the towers are 350 meters away from the stone slabs and will not damage them.


Deputy head of ICHTO for technical affairs Alireza Anissi said that construction of the cable car has been authorized on condition that its direction and the location of the first station be shifted.


Head of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department in Hamedan province, Farhad Farzaneh said that the organization’s technical team gave conditional approval to the project to avert any threat to the historical site.


Ganj-Namé was located in the ancient city of Hekmataneh (modern Hamedan) which was the summer capital of the Achaemenid dynasty.