CM orders removal of encroachments from cultural monuments


City Reporter

Karachi—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday directed the Culture Department to coordinate with district and divisional administrations to remove encroachments around the heritage sites and restore them in their actual glory.
He issued the directives while presiding over a meeting of the Culture Department here at the CM House.
The Chief Minister said that he had witnessed encroachments around the cultural monuments. “There are a lot of encroachments at Shahjehan Mosque Thatta, near Masoom Shah’s Minar Sukkur, Chowkundi graveyard, Lakhian Jo Daro, Makli, Pacca Qila Hyderabad and at various other areas,” he added.
He directed his Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bullo to talk to divisional and district administrations to cooperate with the Culture Department for removing encroachments from heritage sites.
Giving presentation to the CM Sindh, Sharmila Farooqui said that 11 schemes would be completed by the end of June 2016.
Secretary Culture Niaz Abbasi giving details of the schemes near completion said Rs 55.11 million was approved for conservation work at the Chitori Graveyard Mirpurkhas in 2014-15. Under the scheme conservation of 12 tombs was underway, 99 per cent work had been completed, he added.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Culture Sharmila Farooqui said that the construction of Sindhi Cultural Village at National Museum Karachi had started at the cost of Rs 30 million.

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