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Energy Ministry Allegedly Ready to Protect Sivand Heritage
an alleged letter to the Islamic regime's President, the Minister of Energy
Energy Ministry is ready for any kind of cooperation for documentation
through studies and registration of the historical sites of Pasargadae,
transporting the valuable evidence there, and building a museum suitable
for Sivand dam heritage.”
Following the news of Sivand dam in Bolaghi Gorge, Fars province, being
flooded in the near future, a news has spread around the world that the Pasargadae
is being in serious danger of being inundated and
The construction plan of Sivand damn began in 1992 and experts and
archaeologists have been working round the clock to help save the heritage
that will be lost when 8 kilometers of Bolaghi Gorge is to be drowned by
the time the dam is put in service.
Bolaghi Gorge is located 4 kilometers from the World Heritage Site of
Pasargadae and is considered part of its historical landscape. The Energy
Minster of Iran has denied the destruction of the ancient Pasargadae
world-famous monuments and has moreover promised to do their best in
preserving the site.
In a letter to Mahmood Ahmadinejad, the regime's Minister of
Energy, Parviz Fattah, has explained in detail the construction of the
damn, its objectives, and economy profits, opposing the wrong rumor spread
about issues related to cultural heritage. “The perimeters of the lake
[behind the dam] at its largest reaches a 9-Kilometer distance from
Pasargadae Monument, and the level of water in this part is
45 meters below the foundation of the tomb,” he added.
“On the way from Pasargadae to the lake, there exists an old canal or
parts of the King Road, carved in the rocks, called Dokhtarbar canal,
which are considered the most important historical remains of Bolaghi
Plain. Fortunately, the canal is not to be affected by the lake,” Fattah
allegedly writes in his letter.
He has also claimed that removing the historical evidence behind the
dams has been previously done in Iran and other historical countries such
as China and Egypt, and has expressed hope that with cooperation of the
two organizations [Energy Ministry and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Organization], the invaluable historical heritage of Sivand will
be saved and Sivand damn which has a significant role in the promotion of
economy of the region will be exploited.