Jareh Dam

Another Dam Construction by the Islamic Regime, Another Crime Against Iranian Heritage

Sent by: Amil Imani


LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has said that with the commissioning the newly-built dam ’Jareh’ in Ramhormuz, Khuzestan province, whose construction has shown 80 percent progress, an 1,700-year old Sasanid Hormuz Dam, will be submerged.

According to the Persian daily ’Iran’, the Sasanid dam, which is 19 meters high and has a crown of 80 meters, is situated 20 kms from Ramhormuz on the Zard (yellow) River. The ancient dam has aqueducts as well as sewers and an ancient laundry is located nearby. The dam also used to irrigate surrounding farmlands.

Director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department in Ramhormuz, Fardin Bigdeli said that Ministry of Energy has built a reservoir dam in the area without conducting relevant studies and coordinating the operations with the ICHTO.

He said that several farmers have been forced to abandon the area because of the construction of the new dam. That is why no one can claim that the dam would benefit agriculture, Bigdeli added.

“Ministry of Energy on behalf of of the regime is responsible for conducting research on every project before implementing them, but, they did not do so in the case of Jareh Dam. After the ICHTO objected to the ministry against the project, they agreed to hire consultants to study the complaint but practical steps have not yet been taken in this respect.“

He praised the skills of the Iranians during the Sasanid dynasty which culminated in the construction of the dam. “They Iranoan engineers during the Sasanian dynasty conducted studies before selecting the location of the dam. Modern science and technology will also confirm the correctness of their decision,“ he stated.

Bigdeli said that the construction of the 1,700-year dam is arduous enough given the strength of construction materials applied in the structure. He said that egg yolks have been used in the material in addition to plaster and lime.

He said that houses built in the neighborhood of the ancient dam relate to the Safavid dynastic era (1502-1736 CE) and all these structures will go under water once the newly-built dam is filled with water.

The official noted that the Sasanid dam was registered on the ICHTO cultural heritage list in 1999 and the organization is responsible for its protection.

He said that experts believe that superior technology is required to save the Sasanid dam, but the Ministry of Energy acting on behalf of the government has prevented photography in the area.

The ministry has promised to hire consultants to look into ways of prevent the ancient dam from being submerged, but, since no action has been taken yet, the ICHTO will recruit consultants for the purpose at the expense of Ministry of Energy, he concluded.



Iranian Deputy Announces Village With Cavemen Discovered at Jiroft Heights
IRNA (Internet Version-WWW)
Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Tehran, May 24, IRNA -- MP from Jiroft, Ali Zadsar here Wednesday said that a village whose residents are cavemen has been discovered at the heights of the city of Jiroft near Anbarabad in the southeastern province of Kerman.

Speaking on the sidelines of Majlis open session, he said that a village was discovered 120 kms from the town of Anbarabad in the winter of 2005.

He added that the residents of the newly-discovered village put on no clothes and feed on leaves.

Zadsar said, "The village, called Pid-Nekoupieh, is situated in the mountain and the 200 people who live there have never left their residence."

Quoting those who have visited the village, he said that the residents of Pid-Nekoupieh know nothing about the Almighty God, religion, Islam and have never seen any vehicle in their lifetime.

"Besides, they have never been to hospitals nor have they taken any medicine, for which they must feel sorry after finding out about it after so many years," he added.

The MP said that of the 700,000 people residing in southern Kerman, 300,000 live in cottages, adding that there are still some villages in the province which have not yet been discovered.

Zadsar called on the cabinet to allocate the required credit to the province to be used in solving the problems facing it, such as fighting famine and repairing the provincial roads.

(Description of Source: Tehran IRNA (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- official state-run news agency)