Rs 24.622m al­lo­cated for mon­u­ments’ con­ser­va­tion

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

MUL­TAN—The Pun­jab govern­ment has al­lo­cated Rs 24.622 mil­lion for com­ple­tion of five on-go­ing schemes of con­ser­va­tion of mon­u­ments in Mul­tan, Khanewal, Ve­hari and Sahi­wal in the pro­vin­cial budget 2016-17.

Of­fi­cials told APP that a sum of Rs 14.462 mil-lion was al­lo­cated for the fis­cal year 2016-17 un­der an on­go­ing Rs 118 mil­lion project of de­vel­op­ment and con­ser­va­tion of Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites at Harappa, Sahi­wal.

Out of the Rs 14.462 mil­lion, Rs 9 mil­lion were al­lo­cated for con­ser­va­tion work and re­main­ing for staff salary and nec­es­sary equip­ment, In­charge Ar­chae­ol­ogy de­part­ment Mul­tan Ma­lik Ghulam Muham­mad said.

Out of the to­tal Rs 118 mil­lion, Rs 85 mil­lion were be­ing uti­lized by the Build­ings de­part­ment for in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment at the his­tor­i­cal site, as old as 5000 BC, un­der which the bound­ary wall with metal­lic fences was near com­ple­tion while floor con­struc­tion has been com­pleted.

A sum of Rs 1.4 mil­lion was al­lo­cated for 350-400 years old Sawi Masjid in Mul­tan. It was a Rs 3.2 mil­lion scheme that re­mained un­der ex­e­cu­tion last year but faced delay due to the lethargy of the con­trac­tor that prompted the de­part­ment to en­gage a new con­trac­tor.—APP

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