BAHAWALPUR: Initial renovation work for Rs28 m of historic Chitti Masjid in Khanpur tehsil of Rahim Yar Khan district was launched by the Punjab Archeology Department.
Archeology Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Sajjad Ahmed, speaking to Dawn, said that the department had announced a sum of Rs5 m allocated in its 2020-21 budget and that tentative renovation work on the Chitti Masjid mosque had begun.
He said that the government could release the remaining funds during the next year after the use of this first instalment of the funds. He said that it might take two years for the project to complete.
In the village of Qadirpur, near Khanpur, the Chitti Masjid is a historical monument. Because of the use of lime plaster inside and outside its structure, it got the name Chitti (white). It is regarded in Tehsil Khanpur as one of the largest and most elaborate mosques. It was constructed by Nawab Ikhtiar Khan during his rule around the third quarter of the eighteenth century.
The old brick masonry, wood work and lime plaster in the mosque were badly damaged because of neglect over the years, while domes and vault roofs also disappeared.
The archaeological department declared the mosque in 2019 under the Punjab Special Premises (Preservation) Ordinance 1985 as ‘Special Premises’.
The Punjab government has agreed to take steps to strengthen and rebuild its foundation.
The SDO stated that a report would be submitted to the government after the use of the Rs5 m preliminary funds in order to obtain more funds during the next year to complete the restoration project.
WORKSHOP: A workshop at the Tehsil Council was organised by the Department of Local Government and Community Development (LG&CD) to train LG officials to use the Annual Development Programme Management Information System (ADP MIS).
According to a press release, local authorities and community development officials were provided with training in 12 sectors, including budget, finance, assets, human resources and the performance of staff.
Training was provided to the participants by Punjab Local Government Additional Chief Secretary Tahir Khurshid, MIS Manager Muhammad Adnan, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Senior Program Manager Maryam Zeb, Arsalan Aziz and others.
Published in Dharti News, November 9th, 2020