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Dudza Cave, which locals call Zarrin Ghar, is located on Hamadan Road, 35 km from Khodabandeh city in Zanjan province, and along the axis of the caves Alisadr and kotlekhor According to the data of cave explorers, Dodza was identified by villagers in March 2005 after an earthquake and reported to experts. In the last survey, the height of the mouth of the cave was recorded at 2011 meters above sea level, its length was 406 meters and its depth was 154 meters.
This limestone cave has several floors, two of which have been identified so far, and it has side tunnels, stalactites, stalagmites, and many columns in the main passages and conical chandeliers hanging from the roofs. The impurity has taken on a variety of colors. According to the cave experts, the golden chandeliers of the cave are alive and growing. Numerous lakes have been identified in various corridors. Cultural heritage experts have not yet determined the age of this cave.
Javad Nezamdoost, a member of the Caving and Cave Association, said: “About seven or eight years ago, we were informed by one of the owners around Zarrin Ghar that they want to make this cave tourist, and they have entrusted its implementation to the owner of the surrounding lands.” Due to the fact that Katlekhor Cave is a tourist attraction, and on the other hand, knowing that making Zarrin Ghar a tourist attraction will cause a lot of damage, we were able to justify and convince the owner to stop implementing this project. We also managed to close the case of this cave becoming a tourist about three or four years ago, using scientific reports that included geological information and with the help of geological researchers in Zanjan. He added: “Dudza or Zarrin cave is very beautiful in terms of calcareous deposits and is somewhat similar to Katlekhor cave, which has several underground water aquifers.” This feature puts Dodza Cave or Zarrin Ghar in the ranking of first-class caves, which due to water shortage problems, its protection is a priority, and based on this, the case of becoming a tourist was closed.
The caveman continued: “In 1998, during our visit to this cave, we realized that the condition of the cave has improved due to the increase in water level, due to the protection of the residents and the prevention of excessive movement.” We also found out that the investment that wanted to make Zarrin Ghar a tourist, spent that capital on the construction of a water complex, which in addition to entrepreneurship and job creation, also had a better financial return, and thankfully thanked us for directing the investment.
Nezamdoost said: The story of Dodza Cave or Zarrin Ghar did not end here, about three weeks ago we were informed that a device in front of the cave mouth is sampling and collecting stones. The goodwill of the locals working to preserve this natural monument prompted us to begin research into recent movements in the cave and the permits issued. We followed up through the country’s speleological working group and the Zarrin Rud city council, and the residents sent a letter of complaint to the representative of the judiciary, which finally stopped the investment work that was going to be done in that area.
He added: “Some time later, we found out that the investor has taken a large amount of soil and stones again by obtaining a temporary permit.” We wrote a letter to the cave group that the privacy of this cave was not observed in stone extraction and mining operations; The investor was digging less than a kilometer from the mouth of the cave. Following a lot of follow-up, a meeting was held in the district with representatives of the cultural heritage, environment and the office of the judiciary, as well as members of the city council and environmental activists and local sympathizers. After receiving explanations and emphasizing the need to preserve this cave, a minutes was issued stating that the mining operation in the area of Dodza Cave or Zarrin Ghar would be closed for two months until the Ministry of Silence issues a complete closure permit. Of course, according to the rules, in order not to harm the investor, they can provide another area for mining at a distance from this cave.
This member of the Caving and Cave Association continued: “Compassionate locals who prevented the destruction of this cave, as well as members of the Zarrin Rud city council and a representative of the judiciary for quick and timely action should be appreciated.” We have always complained and criticized, but this time it is commendable that they prevented the destruction of a natural monument at the very beginning of the investment project to repeat the fate of the Hell Cave in South Khorasan, which despite many efforts and pursuits eventually fell victim to miners. Do not.
“Of course, the rescue operation of Dodza Cave has not been completed yet, it should be continued until a complete closure permit is issued by the Ministry of Silence,” he said. At the same time, cavers must map the cave in order to revoke the mining license and close the case forever.
Nezamdoost said: “We hope that the directives of the Ministry of Silence will determine the privacy of the caves for the miners and that the investors will commit themselves not to destroy the cave or natural monument if it was near their project.” It is common all over the world when a mine is handed over to an investor, who pledge to first identify the ancient, natural sites, religious sites and caves within the project and then take committed action to protect them. If a work was within their project area, they will deliver the site on the first day after completion. We have not made such commitments for investors, especially miners, so we step on every foot of the mountain, we face nature scratches, destruction and aggression, and none of the investors will return the environment to its original state at the end of the work, and They leave it as it was.