4.5m al­lo­cated to de­sign al­ready de­signed mu­seum

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 04:15 01:30 05:30 09:00

IS­LAM­ABAD—Af­ter a long strug­gle be­hind es­tab­lish­ing a na­tional level mu­seum in the cap­i­tal to house thou­sands of rare ar­ti­facts, only Rs. 4.5 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated in the bud­get to re-de­sign the al­ready de­signed mu­seum.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial source, the ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign of pro­posed ‘Na­tional Mu­seum of Pak­istan’ was fi­nalised through a com­pe­ti­tion soon af­ter 8.33 acres land ac­qui­si­tion at Shakarpar­ian from Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (CDA) in the year 2009.

Now the con­cerned author­i­ties have de­cided to con­struct mu­seum on ex­ist­ing land of three acres af­ter re­design­ing it due to lim­ited re­sources and land.

“All the pre­vi­ous ef­forts and the uti­lized funds for fi­nal­iz­ing the de­sign through com­pe­ti­tion and land ac­qui­si­tion would go into vain”, the source said.

Ear­lier in the year 2008, the PC-I of Rs 13,569.589 mil­lion was sub­mit­ted to the author­i­ties but the project was sus­pended for 2-3 years by the then Sec­re­tary Cul­ture due to fi­nan­cial con­straints. The Depart­ment of Arche­ol­ogy and Mu­se­ums (DOAM) again sub­mit­ted PC-I of Rs 55.577 mln in the Septem­ber 2015 to the rel­e­vant min­istry which was not ap­proved by the author­i­ties at that time.

The source said thou­sands of ar­ti­facts dis­cov­ered from var­i­ous his­tor­i­cal places in the coun­try or re­cov­ered by Cus­toms are at risk of ru­in­ing for not hav­ing proper fa­cil­ity in the fed­eral cap­i­tal to pro­tect th­ese.

Th­ese an­tiq­ui­ties in­cluded unique sculp­tures of Bud­dhist era, clay uten­sils, guns of Bri­tish era, oil lamps, jew­ellery boxes, mother goddess sculp­tures, lantern, hand­writ­ten Holy Qu­ran scripts and many oth­ers, the source said.

Th­ese ar­ti­facts were housed in godowns of dif­fer­ent mu­se­ums while some are placed at the floors and almi­rahs in dif­fer­ent small rooms of the Depart­ment of Ar­chae­ol­ogy and Mu­se­ums (DOAM) due to lack of space at Sir Syed Me­mo­rial Mu­seum Hall, the source added. Af­ter independence, the na­tional mu­seum was es­tab­lished in the cap­i­tal of Karachi, which was sup­posed to be shifted to Is­lam­abad af­ter be­com­ing the fed­eral cap­i­tal.

A nu­cleus of the Na­tional Mu­seum of Pak­istan was es­tab­lished in a pri­vate house of E-7 Sec­tor in 1994 but the project was rolled back in 1998 with shift­ing of the ar­ti­facts stored there to Tax­ila Mu­seum.

Again in 2002, the Nu­cleus of Na­tional Mu­seum was es­tab­lished in a small hall of Sir Syed Me­mo­rial Build­ing in Is­lam­abad where only 145 se­lected ar­ti­facts of the pre­vi­ous mu­seum could be housed while the re­main­ing were stored in Tax­ila Mu­seum.—APP

Filthy ma­te­ri­als be­ing dredged out from Nul­lah Leh ahead of mon­soon sea­son.—DNA

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