The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav
(CAIS) -- For the second time in the past few weeks,
the Kermanshah Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department has filed a legal
complaint against the provincial Telecommunication Organization for its
activities in the vicinity of Bistun which have intruded the cultural landscape
of this world heritage site.
previous objections raised by the provincial CHTO regarding this project, the
Telecommunication Organization is now claiming that it obtained permission from
the Islamic Republic Governor Office of the province to continue its activities
in the vicinity of Bistun world heritage site.
weeks ago, the diggings to lay cables in Bistun plain resulted in destruction of
some historical monuments dating back to the Sasanian (224-651 CE) and Ilkhanid
(1256-1336) dynastic periods near the historic Khosrow Bridge.
Islamic Republic’ Telecommunication Organization rejects to take
responsibility for the damages caused and puts the blame on the inhabitants of
the nearby Chambatān Soflā village and its council. On the other hand, in an
interview with CHN, Hosseini, member of Chabatan village council, said that the
villagers started the diggings in Bistun plain by the order of the
Telecommunication Organization and they did not install cable poles in the
to Asadollah Biranvand, director of the KCHTO, the case will be taken to the
court for further investigations to find out who was in charge of diggings in
Bistun plain. “We have presented the court with a full list of the names of
those who had a role in this project,” said Biranvand to Persian service of
Biranvand further said, since the KCHTO is the only legal body that can issue permission for diggings and other construction activities in the province’s historic sites, the provincial governor office has no right in giving such permissions.
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