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Blasting Operations Near Da-Va-Dokhtar Sasanid Fortress Halted After 28 Years


14 May 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The plaster factory that had been conducting blasting operations near the Sasanid Da-va-Dokhtar (Dâ va Dokhtar’ - mother & daughter) Fortress in Ramhormoz, Khuzestan Province has halted the process, the Persian service of CHN reported on Saturday.


In response to a complaint by the Ramhormoz Cultural Heritage and Tourism Office (RCHTO), Ramhormoz Judiciary Department officials recently visited the company headquarters and forced it to halt the blasting operations, which it had been conducting since 1979.


The historical Fortress is located five kilometers north of Ramhormoz, on the slope of a limestone mountain.


The Ramhormoz Governor’s Office is very interested in safeguarding the historical monuments of the region and has asked the plaster factory to make use of modern mining methods, said Fardin Bigdeli managing director of RCHTO.


“The Fortress consisted of two parts, one of which is totally destroyed by plaster factory. A four-meter tall wall connected the two sections together. There were thirty guard stations inside the wall, only a few of which remain,” he explained.


The factory had previously stated that the blasting operations were being conducted far away from the ancient Fortress, but during the judicial officials’ visit, it became clear that the blasting operations were being conducted only 400 meters away from the Fortress.


“A legal complaint has been filed seeking damages, and if the factory pays compensation, we will restore the destroyed sections (of the Fortress),” Bigdeli said in conclusion.





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Source/Extracted From: MNA

Related News: 

27 Dec 2005: Mine Explosions Destroying Sasanian ’Da va Dokhtar’ Fortress

17 Feb 2006: ICHTO Concerns About Sasanian ’Da va Dokhtar’ Fortress



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