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New Industrial Town Endangers Ancient Bistun


10 August 2006





LONDON, (CAIS) -- The "Kermanshah Industrial City Corporation" plans to establish an industrial town named Hersin, which will breach the territory determined by UNECSO for the Bistun ancient site.


However, Kermanshah Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department director Asadollah Biravand and Bistun Grand Project managing director Maliheh Mehdiabadi said that they have not been informed about this, the Persian service of CHN reported on Wednesday.


Bistun, an ancient Iranian site bearing bas-reliefs and inscriptions of Darius the Great, was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on July 13 during the 30th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee held in Vilnius, Lithuania.


“Construction of Hersin was approved by the Planning Council of the province (Kermanshah) last year, and this industrial town will be established on 90 hectares beside the village of Bazan-Abad, located three kilometers away from Bistun,” Kermanshah Industrial City Corporation' finance manager Q-mars Razzaqi said. However, no license has been issued for the construction of any town, Biravand said.


Mehdiabadi said, “So far, we have not received any application for construction of any factory in this region. The national and world demarcations of the site are absolutely clear. All companies and governmental organizations were informed about the national demarcation in April 2005. Thus, I don’t think any organization or company will engage in the construction of any building here.


“UNESCO has determined 250 square kilometers of territory for Bistun, and Bazan-Abad village is located in this area.”


Construction projects had previously caused difficulties for the registration of Bistun on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, but Kermanshah provincial officials and cultural heritage officials eventually reached a consensus that all construction projects would be prohibited in the region and that companies that had been active in the area would transfer their work elsewhere.







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