Conservation: Restoration of two gates of 180-year-old fort to begin soon

Archaeology Department given Rs2.9 million for the project.

APP July 05, 2013
Archaeology Department given Rs2.9 million for the project. PHOTO: FILE


Work on the restoration and conservation of two gates of the 180-year-old Satgarah Fort in Okara will begin soon, officials said on Wednesday.

The district government has provided Rs2.9 million to the Archaeology Department to restore the two gates on the eastern and western sides of the fort presently in a dilapidated condition.

An official said that funds were released in June 2013. The tenders were issued on June 24. He said work will begin as soon as the department issued the work order.

The government had earlier allocated Rs2.87 million for archaeological survey, documentation and preparation of a master plan for conservation and development of the historical city of Satgarah.

This included conservation and restoration of several monuments in the district, including the 448-year-old tomb of Baloch tribal chief and folk hero Mir Chakar Khan Rind.

The Satgarah Fort was built by Maharaja Ranjeet Singh in 1830. Two doors of the gates have fallen and the brick work, including carved bricks, is in a dilapidated condition, an Archaeology Department official said. Underpinning of the pillars and repair and restoration of big wooden doors would be the main features of the scheme, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2013.


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