0904 GMT April 17, 2021
The project is around Noshahr Salaheddin Kala Dam and the Eight Dams (Hasht Sad) area, 15 roaring rivers, and 100 flood barriers, IRNA reported.
Mazandaran water-resource technicians unanimously believe that under such conditions, each year a huge number of Iranian and foreign tourists visit the province’s dams and other water resources, while the lack of proper infrastructure facilities, such as hotels, motels, restaurants, sports and recreational facilities, fishing jetties and other such facilities frustrate tourists and deprive the province of a substantial income.
Such a rich natural habitat is rarely found in any regional country, and is an invaluable potential source of national income.
With the inauguration of the first Mazandaran Hydro-Tourism Project by the Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian in a videoconference ceremony, the first step aimed at ending this lack in the tourism industry has been taken successfully.
According to a report by the Mazandaran Regional Water Corporation, this huge hydro-tourism complex, in the peripheral space of nine dams, is established based on a 280-billion rial investment ($1.5 billion), which is provided by the public and private sectors.
Simultaneous with the inauguration of this huge hydro-tourism project, the ground-breaking ceremonies of 12 similar projects were held in the vicinity of the city of Babol.
The Managing Director of Mazandaran Regional Water Corporation Mohammad-Ebrahim Yakhkeshi told IRNA that the country’s entire water reservoirs have great tourist attraction capacities, while in Mazandaran Province there are 120 roaring rivers that are totally 7,000 kilometers long and 10 dams, making the province one of the richest water resources regions of Iran and the Middle East region.
He said that hydro-tourism is one of the most beneficial fields in the water industry and, as of 2016, serious efforts have been made to attract Iranian investors to make investments in the peripheral areas of the provincial dams and rivers, within the framework of the national tourism projects.
Yakhkeshi said that in addition to the private sector investors, the government has also contributed to these projects by encouraging banks to grant loans and banking facilities to them.
“For six projects, the government has allocated 1,600 billion rials, while 160 high-level technicians are directly employed in those projects, in addition to thousands of other employees, with various expertise,” he added.