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Concern About Old Masouleh Road
26 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Vehicles plying the
old Masouleh-Khalkhal route pose a serious threat to houses in Masouleh--Iran’s
historic village located 55 km southwest of Rasht in Gilan province, an official
Head of Masouleh Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department’s research base told
CHN that vehicles may skid off the road and strike residential houses in the
historic village, which has been registered in World Heritage List.
Construction of a new road leading to Khalkhal has been suspended due to
environmental concerns and operational problems. Therefore, vehicles bound for
Khalkhal have to ply the non-asphalted old route which lacks guardrails and
passes over the top of the roofs of rural houses.
Nikrouz Mobarhan Shafiei pointed to serious follow-ups by his department to
block the old route, but to no avail.
“The base has no executive power to do that. The only thing we can do is to
file a compliant and provide expert explanations,“ he said, adding Gilan
Governor General’s Office as well as Road and Transport Department have been
notified of the pending dangers and requested to maintain the road’s safety
until the new route is inaugurated, yet all in vain.
The internationally-acclaimed village of Masouleh near Fouman is one the most
popular tourism destinations in Gilan. The village has a stair-form structure
meaning the roof of every house serves as the yard of another.
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