The work on restoration of historical Haram gate of walled city Multan will conclude the next month in its original form with the help from Italy, Italian and Pakistani experts say.
Dario Guirini, an Italian expert on monuments restoration, accompanying senior architect Muhammad Khalid Chauhan, told APP that the structure of Haram gate was deteriorating, weaker from inside due to weather and unnecessary intervention by human.
‘We had to inject mixture of mortar and lime into the cracks on many parts of the two towers and the four chambers to strengthen it,’ said Khalid Chauhan adding the project was under execution while meeting international standards.
To fortify it further and avert chances of tilt, C-shape steel plates were being fixed on both sides of the three-feet thick walls of the two towers at points where required, Chauhan added.
A team of 110 experts from Italy and rest from Multan were actively engaged in the project’s execution that is a pilot initiative of Multan walled city project. And every individual from Italy, even the photographer, was Ph.D qualified in their respective fields.
‘I used to visit Multan almost every month for a week to get the work completed under my supervision while during rest of the days I keep instructing Chauhan on how to move forward after seeing photographs I used to receive from him’, says Dario Guirini while removing mortar-tainted rubber gloves from his hands after he came down from the tower.
Khalid Chauhan said that it was not just the weather that weakened the structure. There were evidences of human intervention too.—APP