KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed his dissatisfaction over the protective and preservation measures for Mohenjodaro and has strictly directed the authority concerned to undertake extra ordinary efforts, mechanism and to ensure proper protection and preservation of this historical archeological site.
This he observed while presiding over a meeting of Executive Board of National Fund for Mohenjodaro at the CM House here on Wednesday, said a statement.
Secretary Culture Department, Saeed Awan while briefing the meeting said that a master plan for the protection and preservation of Mohenjodaro has been prepared, at an estimated cost of Rs 285million and his management was waiting for release of funds.
He said a national conference on Mohenjodaro has already been held and the book of Sir John Marshall on Mohenjodaro has been re-printed.
He said that besides tourist guide and security staff has also been appointed to facilitate the visitors and protect the site respectively.
Addressing the meeting, the Sindh CM said that we are proud of having such historical heritage here in Sindh but unfortunately it has not been preserved in accordance with its significance.
He said that it was not only a national heritage but has the status of world’s oldest heritage site. He directed for constituting a high powered technical committee to prepare recommendations, feasibility report for protection and preservation of Mohenjodaro under a short term strategy and restoration of Mohenjodaro to its original shape under a long term strategy.
He said that the technical committee must comprise highly technical expertise of international standards.
He assured that the institutional, financial and technical difficulties of the executing agency would be resolved on priority basis.
He directed the management of the Culture Department to re-visit their master plan and ensure that all the technical requirements for preservation, protection and restoration of Mohenjodaro are included.
He said that the monsoon was a big threat to the Mohenjodaro site, as such an efficient drainage system is urgently needed to protect it.
He directed the management concerned to project the importance of this world heritage archeological site and also to organize an international seminar on Mohenjodaro by the end of this year.
He said that since years, the controlling authority of Mohenjodaro was with the Federal Government but after devolution of powers under 18th Amendment, it has become the responsibility of the concerned department of the provincial government to take special care of this historical site.