Hyderabad: A four-member committee appointed by Sindh’s culture minister to investigate the Sept. 2 collapse of historic Pucca Qila’s facade has submitted an interim report to the department, recommending immediate cancellation of Waliullah and Saddam Bhutto’s contracts, citing the lack of a provision for “demolishing protected heritage,” as well as stern disciplinary action against them.

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When addressed, the district government was accused of “not collaborating with archaeological officials in Hyderabad” during conservation, according to the report. Sher Mohammad Mahar was the chairman of the committee. The interim report has been filed, according to Director General Culture Manzoor Kanasro, but a comprehensive report will be provided later.

The results of the study related to resident engineer Nadeem Manzoor Shah’s Jan 7, 2021 letter, which mentioned “hazardous state of main gate, required repairing/preservation work of main gate.”

The director general of antiquities and archaeology was approached to request that the director of provincial development monitoring and implementation (PDM&IC) “erect a parapet wall adjacent office block/Haram Mir’s to keep construction material secure within,” according to the report. However, no answer was received and no boundary wall was built.

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It said that during requisite works, PDM&IC confronted issues for which the assistant director Pucca Qila office approached the assistant commissioner for deputing police constables at the site “by removing all types of hurdles being faced by labourers in carrying out conservation work”.

It said assistant director met the AC for the removal of shops from the main gate (entrance) to provide a peaceful environment to labourers for carrying out conservation work on the entire fortification wall besides the main gate.

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