Archaeological sites in Sindh are great assets: Sharmila Farooqui

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HYDERABAD, Aug 5:  Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister,  Sharmila Farooqui has termed the archaeological sites of the province, the great assets and said that all out efforts were being made to preserve these places to attract national and international researchers, historians and tourists.
The Advisor expressed these views while reviewing here on Wednesday the pace of repair and renovation works of different archaeological sites and historic places carried out under a development project.
She said that archaeological sites spread all over the province will be restored and preserved at any cost. The encroachments from these sites would also be removed. Under Endowment Fund, she informed that a huge amount was being spent on repair and maintenance of these archaeological sites so that the same could be preserved as national heritage, she said.
While visiting Sindh Museum, the Advisor expressed her annoyance over the poor state and sanitation conditions of the workshop, store and bathrooms of the museum and directed the authority concerned to issue show cause to entire managerial staff including the Incharge Director.
The Advisor visited the Tombs of Mirs where she reviewed the maintenance, repair and renovation work being carried out with an amount of Rs. 10 million under Endowment Fund. She also visited the Tombs of Ghulam Shah Kalhora and reviewed the pace of work being carried out with an amount of Rs. 9 million.
During the visit of Mukhi House, the Advisor was informed that the owner of Mukhi House has handed over the premise to Sindh Culture Department. The Advisor expressed her satisfaction over the maintenance, repair and renovation work adding that an amount of Rs. 25 million is being spent for completion of this project. The Mukhi House will be converted into Hyderabad Museum soon, she informed.
During her visit to Hasrat Mohani Library, the Advisor met with the students and received various questions from them. On complaint of the students regarding shortage of books in library, the Advisor asked Sindh Secretary for Culture Dr. Niaz Ali Abbasi to provide required books to library management and also directed the management to close the library only on Sunday so that the students could not face inconvenience.
The Advisor informed that PC-I is being prepared for raising of compound wall of the library, repair and maintenance of bathrooms, construction of water tank, development of park and installation of lights in the premises of the library.
While reviewing the dilapidated “Neer Haram” of Pucca Qila, the Advisor issued the directives of the formation of a conversation committee, which should carry out survey of establishment of a restaurant in “Neer Haram”. The committee should submit its recommendations after survey, the development work of the spot will be carried out, she added.
The Advisor also directed the survey of the maintenance and repair of the outer wall of the fort adding that after assessment, the work in this regard will be started. She also visited Mehran Arts Council and reviewed the pace  of development work. She was informed that work on construction of a new open air theatre as well as rehearsal and makeup rooms and installation of lighting system is under completion with an amount of Rs. 21 million.
Among others, Sindh Secretary for Culture Dr. Niaz Abbasi and Director General Culture Manzoor Ahmed Kanasaro accompanied the Advisor.

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