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Serious Concern About Old Masouleh Road

 

26 April 2006

 

 

 

masouleh.jpg (236735 bytes)LONDON, (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 warned.


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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