Open roof tours to be introduced in Harappa

Initiative part of Rs53 million scheme to preserve ancient Indus Valley civilisation remains

APP April 11, 2018

MULTAN: Starting next year, tourists will be able to enjoy the remains of the ancient Indus Valley civilisation through an open roof experience, stated Archaeology Department In charge Malik Ghulam Muhammad while visiting Harappa on Tuesday.

The purpose behind his visit was to review the progress on the Rs53 million scheme meant to widen walkways, conserve the remains and build an auditorium.

The existing walkways, which are currently six feet wide, are being widened to 14 feet so that open roof vehicles can easily pass through, he informed.

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The vehicle will be on the smaller side with a capacity of 10 to 12 people maximum for which individuals will have to purchase a ticket. The service will operate on a public-private partnership mechanism. The main purpose behind introducing this service is mainly for elderly people who may want to experience the remains, but are unable to cover the two-kilometre journey on foot, he added.

Remains covering nearly eight kanals are being conserved. They are also being elevated using bricks similar to those used in ancient times. Further, a paste made from mud and jute fibres will be used to cement the bricks together, as was the practice way back when, he said.

Around Rs22 million is being spent on constructing an auditorium near Harappa museum, while the rest is being utilised on widening the walkways and conservation activities. The scheme is expected to be complete in June 2019, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2018.


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