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Illegal Railway Construction near Naqsh-e Rostam Interrupted by Persepolis Security Guards


23 August 2007




Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav


LONDON, (CAIS) -- Destructive activities of the Islamic Regime’s Esfahan-Shiraz railway project in a close distance of Naqsh-e Rostam historic site have been stopped due to oppositions raised by cultural heritage authorities.


According to reports released by Marvdasht’s Cultural Heritage Enthusiasts, the activities of road construction machines which were present in the area for building the infrastructure for railway project have been stopped by Persepolis cultural heritage guards. 


Based on the same report, authorities of Persepolis security guard have declared the activities of Esfahan-Shiraz workers just in 500 meters of Naqshe Rostam historic site illegal and following the disagreement of ICHHTO with the project it has stopped railway construction activities.


After examining the path of Esfahan-Shiraz railway, Technical Council of ICHHTO officially announced its final decision to Islamic Republics Ministry of Road and Transportation about the maximum distance which the railway should be constructed from Naqsh-e Rostam to cause the least harm to this historic site.


Experts of ICHHTO have previously warned that the powerful jolts caused by train would have a harmful effect on the historic monuments in the region including the collapse of Kaaba of Zoroaster less than ten years, and train vibrations would eventually damage rest of Naqsh-e Rostam’s ancient monuments.


After studying different alternatives for saving the cultural landscape of the historic site of Naqsh-e Rostam against railway project, experts of Pars-e Pasargadae Research Centre concluded that the most effective way to prevent the railway from intruding the historic landscape of this Pre-Islamic site is to construct a 6-kilometer-long tunnel from Sivand to Shul village and direct the train through the tunnel. This is while authorities of the railway project ignored all the warnings and have begun their construction in nearby farm lands located in vicinity of Naqsh-e Rostam.      


While the news related to the activities of regime’s Ministry of Road and Transportation without getting the approval of ICHHTO seems to be go through a crisis which has aroused the concern of the nation and cultural heritage enthusiasts, it seems nobody is in charge of giving a clarifying explain to reporters about the project.


Located in Iranian Fars province, 12 kilometre distance of Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam contains four tombs belonging to Achaemenid kings which were carved out of the rock. The site also contains remnants of the Elamite, Parthian and Sasanian dynastic eras.


In recent years the Islamic republic has stepped up its cultural-cleansing of the pre-Islamic Iranian heritage under the banner of development projects. The regime has undermined and destroyed a number of major cultural landmarks associated with the ancient Iranian regimes. 


The constructions of new of the railroad which would ensure the destruction of the Achaemenid Kaaba of Zoroaster and other monuments in Naqsh-e Rostam is in accordance with the cultural cleansing orchestrated by the fundamentalist regime in Tehran.





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