MULTAN - Leader of a technical team of Italian experts, who have come to Multan for launching Multan Walled City conservation project under Multan Beautification Plan, Prof Adalberto Del Bo has said that the project will be accomplished in three phases at a cost of Rs850 million.

Talking to The Nation/Nawa-i-Waqt here the other day, he disclosed that the first phase of the project was launched and the area between Harram and Pak Gates was selected for work. “We’re mapping these areas. It’s the most important and difficult phase of designing our work,” he added. He regretted that his team did not have any data or measurements of the historical heritage and therefore the team was collecting data. “The motive behind collecting data, doing measurements and mapping this area is to establish a database and impart training to the students of local arts college. It will enable them to work on this project,” he disclosed.

Prof Del Bo said that the local administration, public and federal government extended complete cooperation to his team as a result of which the work was moving ahead smoothly. He disclosed that his team had brought highly sophisticated equipment from Italy to start work on the project.

Giving details, he said that some of the major goals of the project were to restore crumbling Harram Gate, understand local socio-economic paradigm and support the locals. “We need to conserve our historical heritages. The nations that forget their history are highly unfortunate,” he added.

He said that Multan and Rome were the most ancient living cities of the world. “Keeping in view their similarities like wall around old city, historical heritage and ancient history, the Italian government has twinned them and launched this conservation project,” he added. He said that Italian government was highly interested in conservation of Multan’s heritage. “A new era of tourism will start in this region with the completion of this project. We believe Multan will attract a large number of tourists.”