Hurdle in Water Transfer Project
ILNA* - Several MPs from the Mazandaran province on the Caspian Sea in northern Iran have denounced President Hassan Rouhani’s recent decision to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to the parched province of Semnan as “unscientific” and “impractical,” with irrevocably damaging consequences for the region’s ecology and economy.
Visiting his birthplace of Semnan southwest of Tehran, Rouhani said the criticisms of the water transfer project had been addressed, adding “If there are investors interested in the project, the government is prepared to expedite all necessary licenses.”
Reacting to Rouhani’s announcement, Mazandaran MP Mohammad Shaeri cautioned, “The people of Mazandaran should know that transferring the Caspian Sea water to Semnan will definitely be followed by other projects, including the transfer of the Caspian Sea water to Tehran, Isfahan, Northern Khorasan, and other parts of Iran.”
Shaeri said “Wherever there is a drought and water shortage, people will call for a new project and demand Caspian Sea water be transferred to their area.” “The Caspian Sea will gradually dry up under the pressure of this manipulation,” he added.