The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- UNESCO has demanded that the Islamic
Republic-controlled Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organisation (ICHHTO)
to explain the current status following the collapse of a section of the
Sasanian Gargar Bridge at the Shushtar’s ancient water system structure in
organisation has also demanded explanations for the construction of a temporary
bridge at the perimeter of the water system, the Khuzestan Cultural Heritage
Lovers Society (Tariana) spokesman Mojtaba Gahestuni told the Persian service of
the Mehr News Agency on Saturday.
Several months prior to the collapse of the ancient bridge, the cultural authorities warned the authority and demanded funds to repair it. The regime blames the collapse on heavy rainfall. Recently many ancient buildings have collapsed, including an early Sasanian palace near Busher, which the authority once again blamed nature and the heavy rainfall, while the farmers in the area have lost their livelihoods due to a severe drought.
"It seems God has something against our pre-Islamic heritage, as the rains only fall on pre-Islamic structures in the country", said a local.
collapse of the bridge, Municipality, who was still reluctant to close the bridge
finally gave in under the locals' pressure, closed the bridge and began to
assemble a metal- bridge out of water-pipes near the Mizan Weir, which spoils
the ancient landscape. In addition, Iranian
cultural heritage experts believe that the temporary bridge has violated the
perimeter of the water system structure.
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