A top official disclosed that the government has decided restoration of all historic monuments of Multan and holding different activities to attract tourists to the thousands of years old town.

Unveiling a comprehensive plan for the promotion of tourism in Multan during a meeting, Commissioner Multan Division Capt (r) Assad Ullah Khan revealed the town hall building would be turned into a museum while the seven historic gates of the walled city, 23 shrines and 12 historic masjids would be restored into their original shape. He said that the departments concerned had been directed to launch programme for the training of tour operators and guides, arrange safari caravans and organize mango festival and cultural fair. “We need to introduce local cultural articles like blue pottery, camel skin work and embroidery at international level to attract the tourists. We also need to revive old churches and temples to disseminate the message of religious tolerance harmony to the world,” he added.

He pointed out that Multan was the birth place of three emperors including Ahmad Shah Abdali and their memorial monuments should be constructed in Multan. He declared that a national level event on pattern of Choolistan Desert Rally would be organized in Multan while the proposals like holding a mango festival on Chenab bank, restoring Indus Queen and a horse race along Koh Suleman up to DG Khan Airport were also under consideration.

MMBA command, control centre: The Multan Metro Bus Authority (MMBA) will set up a six-storey command and control centre at Chungi No-9 at a cost of Rs450 million, disclosed Sabir Khan Saddozai, Chief Engineer Metro project.

Talking to the journalists on Tuesday, he further revealed that the pre-qualification of the companies for the said project had been done. He said that cameras would be installed on the route of metro which would be connected to the command centre to keep eye on the movement of all busses as well as at all stations.

He disclosed that the first four floors of the command centre would be rented out to any organization to generate funds for the metro authority. Similarly, important spots for the advertisement of brands will also be auctioned to increase the revenue of the metro authority.

Giving details of work, he said that the pile work at the rotary at Chungi No-9 would be accomplished before Eid. He said that the work would not intercept traffic flow at this spot and the pillar to be constructed at this spot would be out of road premises. He said that the iron sheets installed on Bosan Road were being removed in phases and all the sheets would be removed till Sunday.