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ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD

 

ICHHTO Short of Funds and Islamic Republic Spends US$420.000 in Construction of Lavatories in Iraq

 

07 October 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (Shapour Suren-Pahlav - CAIS) -- Nearly 3,800 Iranian historic venues have been registered on the Iran's National Heritage List over the past year.


Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, made the remark while presenting a report on his one-year record since he took office last year.


He predicted that another 780 ancient sites would be listed as national heritage by the yearend (March 20, 2007). The official put the total number of registered sites at 16,400.


Rahim Mashaei was quoted by the Persian daily Jaam-e Jam as saying that close to 28 billion rials has (US$ 2.94 million) been allocated for restoring old textures.


“Even if the current budget is doubled, it would fall short of requirements,“ he stated.


This claim came amidst of a news by the Persian service of ISNA on October 1st, that the Islamic Regime is spending millions of Iranian dollars on Iraqi religious buildings.

 

According to ISNA, the Islamic Regime has contributed 4 billion rials (US$420,000) for the construction of a sanitation system for ablution and toilets in Na'l-Jin street, near the tomb of Hussain (3rd Shi'a imam) in Karbala, to be used by visitors during the Islamic month of Ramadhan; this is while Persepolis lacks 3 billion rials (US$ 315,000) to carry out urgent restoration works, in which the authorities in charge of the historical edifice are humbling themselves for handouts

 

According to the report, the cost of retiling and masonry of the tomb of the 11th shi'a imam in Kazamain (in Iraq) have cost Iranians 15 billion rials (US$1.57 million).

 

The regime is also constructing "the Apron of Fatimja Al-Zahra", an extravagant 35,0002 two story extension in Ali's (first Shi'a Imam) tomb complex in the Iraqi city of Najaf, which its' massive cost has not yet been declared.

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