Karachi, September 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today between Department of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Government of Sindh and the Endowment Fund Trust for the Preservation of Heritage of Sindh for the restoration and conservation of eleven protected heritage monuments in Sindh. The sites that will to be restored include, the Muhammad Bin Qasim Fort Tower, Mausoleum of Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhora, Ranikot Fort, Diwan Shurfa Khan Tomb at Makli, Satyan Jo Astan Sukkur, Tomb of Shah Baharo Larkana, Mir Tombs Hyderabad, Mian Adam Shah Kalhoro Tomb Sukkur, Tile work of Dabgir Mosque, Jain Temples and Sati Stones Tharparkar.
The works will be carried out under the supervision of a Sub-Committee of the department of Culture Tourism and Antiquities and EFT, which will be executed by the Project Director, EFT. An annual work plan indicating the activities with the assistance and the consultation of the Culture Tourism and Antiquities department will be worked out. Funds for restoration will be provided by the EFT and necessary technical and ground staff of the Culture Tourism and Antiquities department will join the group for onsite training. Report of activities will be placed on the internet.
Negotiations between the Culture Tourism and Antiquities department and the EFT have been going on for some time and both the institutions have agreed to step up restoration works on these important sites, a step to be taken for the first time in Sindh. These monuments have been under neglect and no steps were taken by the Federal Government who remained their custodian until the 18th Amendment. It will enable the Culture Tourism and Antiquities department to effectively plan the restoration of heritage monuments under its control and ensure their maintenance.
The MOU was signed by the Secretary of Culture Tourism and Antiquities department and the Secretary, Endowment Fund Trust in the presence of Ms. Sharmila Faruqui, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities. Ms. Faruqui emphasized the need for public awareness, ownership and public participation to ensure that heritage sites all over Sindh are saved through public vigil.
Work has already started on important sites with the permission of the Culture Tourism and Antiquities department viz; the Ranikot Fort which is comprehensively being restored for the first time in Pakistan. The Shah Baharo mausoleum and Ghulam Shah Kalhora monument and Fort is also under restoration. The work on the other sites will commence in the coming weeks.
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