Historic buildings to be repaired, says minister

HYDERABAD, Nov 23: The antiquity department has completed a survey of 886 historic buildings of

Kotri, near Hyderabad Sindh Pakistan

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Sindh, including 86 of Hyderabad, which will be repaired and restored to their original shape.

This was said by Sindh Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination and Antiquities Makhdoom Jamiluzzaman while talking to reporters at Mukhi House here on Wednesday after inspecting the repair work of the historical building.He said that the repair work had been completed and added that Mukhi House would be converted into a museum to house precious antiquities and cultural items of the province. A corner of Mukhi family would also be established there, the minister said.

He said that he was considering a proposal to transfer Dr N.A. Baloch Institute of Heritage to Mukhi House. He said that Pucca Qila should be brought under the control of the antiquity department.

He said that amendments would be introduced in the Antiquities Act at the provincial level to determine the jurisdiction of the culture and antiquity departments over different historic sites.

He said that after the approval of 18th constitutional amendment and transfer of culture and antiquity departments to the provinces, confusion existed over the jurisdiction of the departments, which would be removed by amending the law to streamline the working of the departments.

Briefing the minister, the provincial secretary for antiquity, Waseem Ahmed Ursani, said that Mukhi House was constructed by the famous Mukhi family in 1920, but it had fallen into decay due to neglect.

He said the repair of Mukhi House was handed over to the antiquity department by the Sindh government in 2009-10 and had been completed at a cost of Rs37 million. He said that stone for the repair work was imported from Jodhpur, India.

He said the Mukhi House museum would be opened next year. Our Umerkot correspondent adds:

Sindh Minister for Culture Sassui Palijo has said that no repair has been carried out on historical and archaeological sites due to shortage of funds.

Talking to reporters during a visit to Umerkot Fort on Wednesday, she said that after passage of 18th Amendment, 128 archaeological had been handed over to Sindh but not a single penny was released for their repair and renovation, therefore, the government was facing problems to preserve the sites.

She said that repair work of Umerkot Fort at a cost of Rs6 million would start soon. A mega project to conserve historic sites with a long-term strategy is also under consideration.

She expressed anguish over wall chalking by different political parties at the main gate of the fort. This will leave bad impression on visitors.

She said that good nations always preserved their heritage and historical sites but how ruthlessly youth of the area had played with the fort. She ordered the curator to register cases against those found writing on the walls of the fort.

The curator briefed the minister about funds needed for repair of the fort. The minister held out assurance to pay special attention on the fort which she said was famous for folklore of Umer and Marvi.

She expressed desire to build a good restaurant with modern facilities for the visitors of the fort.

She said that dates of Marvi festival and other cultural events had been changed due to heavy monsoon rains, but all the events would be celebrated soon.

She promised to hold a three-day mega cultural festival at Umerkot Fort in which importance and history of the fort would be highlighted and literary conference would also be a part of the festival.

Secretary Culture Abdul Aziz Uqaili, Director-General culture Mohammad Ali Manjhi and Deputy Commissioner Fareed Ahmed Junejo accompanied the minister.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/24/historic-buildings-to-be-repaired-says-minister.html

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