|Caspian water transfer project enters environmental protection phase||
TEHRAN – Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian says environmental protection studies are being carried out about the transfer of water from the Caspian Sea to central regions of the country.
Feasibility studies of the project have been completed and due to the importance of environmental protection, the plan has been submitted to the Department of Environment for further consideration, the Mehr News Agency quoted Chitchian as saying on Sunday.
Last April, Iran announced a plan to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to central regions of the country, with the goal of providing central provinces with water for industrial and agricultural usages.
The plan, which was launched during the incumbency of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was aimed at transferring some 500 million cubic meters of water from the Caspian Sea per annum.
A shortage of rainfall, especially in the central, eastern, and southeastern parts of Iran, has led to a scarcity of drinking and irrigation water.
Department of Environment official Abdolreza Karbasi said in October 2013 that transferring water from the Caspian Sea to the central desert of Iran will lead to an ecological disaster.
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