Hur­dle in Wa­ter Trans­fer Pro­ject

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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.

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