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Short of Funds and Islamic Republic Spends US$420.000 in Construction
of Lavatories in Iraq
07 October 2006
(Shapour Suren-Pahlav - CAIS) -- Nearly 3,800 Iranian historic venues have been registered
on the Iran's National Heritage List over the past year.
Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO),
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, made the remark while presenting a report on his
one-year record since he took office last year.
He predicted that another 780 ancient sites would be listed as national heritage
by the yearend (March 20, 2007). The official put the total number of registered
sites at 16,400.
Rahim Mashaei was quoted by the Persian daily Jaam-e Jam as saying that close to
28 billion rials has (US$ 2.94 million) been allocated for restoring old
“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
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
to the report, the cost of retiling and masonry of the tomb of the 11th shi'a imam
Kazamain (in Iraq) have cost Iranians 15 billion rials (US$1.57 million).
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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