Architectural design of national museum to be completed soon

The architectural design work of the lingering project of National Museum of Pakistan will be completed soon to realize the dream of having a state-of-the-art museum facility at federal capital to preserve thousands of ruining antiquities.
“The consultant hired through Public Works Department (PWD) is working on the design of the museum after which the funds required for this project will be acquired from Planning Division”, an official of National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division stated this while talking to APP. An amount of Rs 2.29 million was approved during the last financial year for redesigning and planning of the museum while the total estimated cost of the project is Rs 3 billion, the official said.
The official informed that the project of national museum was lingering since the era of Muhammad Ayub Khan and could not be implemented during the previous governments due to lack of focus. Thousand of antiquities including unique sculptures of Buddhist era, clay utensils, guns of British era, oil lamps, jewelry boxes, mother goddess sculptures, lantern, handwritten Holy Quran scripts etc. are ruining in the godown of Taxila Museum and almirahs of Department of Archeology and Museums due to lack of space in the Islamabad Museum.
However, NH&LH Division since its creation took strong initiatives to revive this project and is in contact with Planning Division to acquire funds for constructing the museum facility in the next financial year, the official said. The national level museum will be established at 3.24 acres land which is already acquired at Shakarparian near Lok Virsa while the foundation stone of the museum will be laid soon, the official added.—APP

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