Saturday, 23 February 2013

Experts state costs of Qila Mubarak rennovation

Expert team visits Qila Mubarak, says Rs 200 cr needed for renovation

Fesocoes in need of urgent restoration in the Qila Mubarak

The 250th foundation year of the historic Qila Mubarak has brought in some good news for the admirers of the fort that has been lying in a shambles due to poor maintenance.

A three-member team of foreign experts today visited Qila Mubarak, the only fort built by a Sikh ruler. They said though the monument was in a dilapidated state, it could still be saved.

While discussing methods to save the building from further damage, they said an amount of Rs 200 crore was required for restoration work.

Scion of Patiala’s royal family Malvinder Singh accompanied the visiting team, which works under the name Icofort and is associated with the UNESCO.

The team comprised Dave Bassett (representative of the Fortress Study Group of UK to the international fortress council), Margaret Urquhart (architect and conservation and UK based expert on fortresses and their upkeep) and another restoration expert Hans Smith.

Tribune News Service, Patiala, February 22

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