Iran’s Department of the Environment has once again had to demolish illegal building projects in one of the country’s national parks.

The Mehr News Agency reported on August 5 that construction activities contrary to environmental regulations were halted in Khojir National Park and the buildings have been demolished. The matter has reportedly been referred to the judiciary for further investigation.

Last May, 18,000 square metres of construction in this national park was demolished by the Department of the Environment. The area was declared a national park in 1980, and construction in national parks is forbidden.

In May, the department halted construction of the Ariana Hotel, a major project near Jajrood, and in recent weeks, the Semnan Department of Natural Resources announced that it has reclaimed many hectares of provincial lands from illegal squatters.