Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base, a conglomerate belonging to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), expressed readiness to embark on a project on channeling water from the Caspian Sea to the central parts of Iran.
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Wednesday, commander of the base General Ebadollah Abdollahi said plans for the giant water transfer project have been shelved due to “unrealistic information given by some” individuals.
The commander explained that his organization had plans to carry out the water transfer project along a pipeline route it had already built to transfer oil from southern Tehran to the northern Caspian city of Neka, stressing that such a project will cause no harm to the environment.
In April, Vice President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari said the administration has not abandoned a plan on channeling water from the Caspian Sea to the arid province of Semnan, east of Tehran.
It came after denial of media reports about Russia’s cooperation with Iran in the construction of a major canal linking the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, south of Iran.
The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water in the world. Its coastline is 7,000 kilometers long and is bordered by Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan.
(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)