Sivand Dam Will be
Flooded Next Week
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Parviz
Fatahi, the Islamic Republic's Energy Minister, on Thursday announced
that by next week the Sivand dam will become operational, reported
Persian service of
According to Fathi, the
Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organisation (ICHTO), has finally
agreed to the inundation of the dam.
the Islamic Republic has coordinated the inundation of the dam, to
coincides with “Daheh Fajr”,
the anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's return to Iran, in 1979.
This day will undoubtedly will be
remembered as one of the Iran's darkest days in history.
"When a news
reporter asked Khomeini in the airplane just before landing, after 14
years of exile what was he feeling, he responded, "Hichi"
(Nothing); and when she incredulously asked again, he elaborated "Hich
ehsâsi nadâram" (I don't feel a thing),
and evidently his successors they "do not feel a thing" too about our
heritage -- by making the dam operational, they want to bring
nothingness to Iran and Iranian heritage”, said an archaeologist with
Fars CHTO, who wished to remain anonymous for his safety.
He continued “history
has always shown the despots and evil doers will be brought down to
their knees, and the Islamic Regime is not exempt from this rule - the
regime will eventually collapse and sooner or later they will join the
villains of the history, and as they will be placed alongside,
Alexander, Arabs and Genghis [khan], we will remember them as the
destroyers of Iran and the Iranian heritage.”
heritage has been suffering for the past 28 years, as the result of
regime's policy of de-Iranianization of the country. The detestation
towards anything Iranian by the regime, has either endangered, damaged
or even destroyed prominently Pre-Islamic sites. In recent years the
Islamic government has commissioned the construction of over 80 dams, in
which all of them has been built, or going to be built over the
pre-Islamic sites; the most infamous one is the Sivand dam.
project has been one of the most condemned projects in post-revolution
Iran due to its' immense threat to Iranian cultural heritage. Most
Iranians are furious about the construction of the dam and argue that
there is no objective in the world worthy to justify the construction of
a dam, so close to Pasargadae.
More than 130 historic
sites, large numbers of clay vessels, human skeletons and other evidence
of human settlement dated as far back as the eighth millennium BCE,
6000-year-old clay kilns, and most strikingly, the palace of the
Achaemenid Emperor, Darius the Great (549-486 BCE) have so far been
discovered at the historic site of Bolaghi Valley during an
international attempt to save as much as possible the historic evidence
of this area before being engulfed by the reservoir of Sivand Dam.
The perimeters of the
future artificial lake behind the dam at its largest reach is 7
kilometres from Pasargadae site and 9 kilometres from Cyrus the Great’
Tomb located 45 meter above water level after inundation; -Persepolis is
ten times farther than Pasargadae which is located 70 kilometres from
the lake. Therefore, there are no direct threats to these two historical
sites from submersion aspect of Dam’s inundation.
catastrophe for Iranian heritage is that after the dam reservoir is
filed, the Bolaghi Valley which contains well over 130 ancient
settlements from pre-Historic to Sasanian dynastic era (224-651 CE) will
be submerged including a section of the Achaemenid Imperial’s Road (Ràh-e
Also, the humidity changes, which artificially would be
created by the dam, are going to be the key threat. Despite the regime's
claim, no preliminary environmental research has ever been carried out
to assess the affects of humidity upon the constructions at Pasargadae