The government on Thursday approved a Rs30 million project for conservation of three historical mosques in south Punjab.
Archaeology Department Secretary Muhammad Khan Khichchi chaired a meeting to review the projects. Addressing the meeting, he said 850-year-old Khalid Waleed mosque in Khanewal would be conserved at a cost of Rs18 million.
The secretary said the 300-year-old Sargana Masjid in Vehari would be renovated at a cost of Rs8.9 million. He said the 500-year-old Sawi Masjid in Multan would be renovated at a cost of Rs3.2 million.
He said a vault roof and missing arches would be rebuilt at Khalid Waleed mosque and the floor would be laid afresh.
He said the three domes of Sargana Masjid in Vehari, a Mughal era monument, would be reconstructed.
He said brick work on the monument would be restored and a new boundary wall would be built.
He said the three metal doors at the mosque would be replaced by sheesham wood doors with Mughal-style carvings.
The secretary said in the courtyard of the mosque, the marble floor would be re-laid.
He said public toilets and ablution points would also be built.
He said the Sawi Masjid walls would undergo underpinning.
The secretary said glazed tiles depicting traditional Kashikari work would also be restored.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2014.
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