What will happen to Isfahan?

Imagine a world known city with thousands of tourists each year, growing population and increasing air pollution in the 21st century. Domestic people want to keep its traditional feature in one hand and municipality wants to reduce the pollution and traffic jam on the other hand. This is the most controversial issue these days in Isfahan.

During the last decade, Isfahan has always been in conflict with modernity and tradition. While there is a vital need for a solution to solving the problem of pollution and traffic, vulnerable historical buildings should be considered. Having subways versus keeping historical buildings safe. While citizens expect both problems to be solved, recent events happening in Isfahan shows that monuments might be in danger.

Isfahan, the second largest polluted city in Iran, needs functional applicable strategies facing traffic and pollution problems. Launching subways is a common solution for large cities like this in the world.

Whereas there are lots of clayish historical buildings and bricked monuments in Isfahan while it was previous capital of Iran, needs special considerations to keep its historical features safe and solve these continuous issues simultaneously.

 TBM Machine used for carving the subway tunnel did not work properly, as a result of this a small area near the bridge is extravasated which caused serious reaction from domestic people and local news agencies. While liable persons are still defending their subway project plan, independent civil and archeologist experts are worried about what is going to happen to Si-o-Se Pol and other historical buildings in the near future if the same strategy continues.

Although subway launching project is paused now one of the ancient famous bridges, Si-o-Se Pol, will probably damage or fall down if the current wrong path continues to be carved.

At first, it was supposed to solve one of the problems of the city but now another serious problem is threatening this beautiful historical city.

It is not the first time that Isfahan is trying to get its historical identity back. Around 4 years ago, while a business center called Jahan-Nama Tower was going to be set up near Naqsh-e-Jahan Sq the UN decided to remove its name from UNESCO World Heritage List. After several years and as a result of NGO activists, Isfahan Municipality finally agreed to balance the height of this tower to protect the Naqsh-e-Jahan Sq. against removing from the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Now, people and social activists are worried more than ever about their city. What will happen to Isfahan?  Will be damaged? Or will remain safe while a subway is passing through it?

March 25, 2011 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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