Friday, January 06, 2006

"UNESCO grants $125,000 for Shalamar Gardens’ restoration"

Read the full article by Shoaib Ahmed in The Daily Times (Pakistan), January 06, 2006.

"The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Getty Foundation have given US$ 125,000 fund for the restoration and conservation of the Shalamar Gardens, which will be closed for about a month for heavy restoration work, Punjab Archaeology Department (PAD) sources told Daily Times on Thursday.

"Sources said the UNESCO released US$ 50,000 as emergency assistance for the gardens’ restoration whereas the Getty Foundation released US$ 75,000 for the first phase of the documentation and master plan. Amidst the restoration work being carried out at the Shalamar Gardens under the PAD, sources said the department would soon issue an order with the consultation of senior officials to close the garden for a month........Sources said the next grant expected from the Getty Foundation was US$ 250,000."

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