Culture dept launches 99 rehabilitation schemes

KARACHI: Sindh Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department has launched Rs1.6 billion 99 development schemes, including 81 ongoing and 18 new schemes. Out of 99 schemes, 22 have been completed.

This was stated by Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqui while briefing Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in a meeting held to review the progress of uplift schemes here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by Senior Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Secretary Culture & Tourism Niaz Abbasi Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput and others.

Secretary Culture & Tourism Niaz Abbasi giving presentation to the chief minister said that out of Rs1.6 billion allocated for the execution of 99 schemes the finance department had released Rs833.784 million against which Rs787.519 million had been utilized. This shows 94.45 percent utilization against the releases.

Giving gist of the development scheme, he said six cultural complexes, one culture centre, eight libraries, 16 conservation schemes and 14 museums, including eight new and six rehabilitation schemes and two compound walls, are under constructions.

Giving details of the schemes completed recently include establishment of Museum at Mithi for Rs60.21 million, Rest House at Hawksbay and related tourism facilities for Rs50.5 million, restoration of Marvi’s well at Bhalwa, District Tharparkar for Rs23.217 million, cultural complex and model library at New Karachi for Rs155.949 million, cultural complex at Mirpurkhas Rs73.521 million, Khuhra Museum Khairpur Rs47.296 million, wild Life Museum at Karachi for Rs38.879 million, restoration of Mukhi House Museum Hyderabad Rs27.312 million, Amri Museum for Rs10.397 million, rehabilitation of police museum at Karachi Rs46.186, construction of 19.7 km road from Wahi Pandhi to Gorakh Hill Gorakh Hills Rs594.75 million, preservation and restoration of Khudabad Masjid , Dadu for Rs46.869 million and such other schemes .

The chief minister directed Sharmila Farooqi to make a scheme for rehabilitation of Masoom Shah’s minaret. “Presently it is in shambles. It needs to rehabilitate in its original form,” he said. The minister further said that he would personally visit all the schemes completed recently to see their quality of work. “I would never compromise on quality,” he said.

Replying to a question of the chief minister, Sharmila said that monitoring of schemes had been streamlined. “I have formed three inspection teams each headed by Director Generals, Culture, STDC and Archives,” she said. The chief minister also directed CM Inspection Team and P&D Monitoring & Evaluation Cell to inspect the schemes.

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