Quaid’s Birthplace

Wazir Mansion renovations target Dec 25 deadline

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

PEOPLE who have wanted to visit the Wazir Mansion museum, popularly known as the birthplace of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, this year have returned disappointed as renovations started four years ago, have yet to wrap up.https://jamilkhan.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/wazir-mansion.jpg?w=497
Wazir Mansion is located in Kharadar Commercial Area on New Neham Road (now Haji Sharif Balwani Road). “On any day of historical importance such as Pakistan Day, Independence Day, Defence Day, Quaid’s death anniversary and the Quaid’s birth anniversary a huge number of people, including school children, visit this building but we have to stop them,” informed an official.
National Museum of Pakistan Curator and Project Director Muhammad Shah Bukhari told Daily Times that most of the conservation work has been completed and the site will be open to the public on December 25 this year.
“The work started in 2004 and so far approximately Rs 30 million has been spent to restore Wazir Mansion to what it looked like during the Quaid’s childhood,” he said.
The three-story building where Jinnah was born to the merchant family of Jinnahbhai Poonja was purchased by a renowned businessman, Wazir Ali, but the government of Pakistan bought it back in 1952 to make it a historical monument. Now the building has been made into a museum and the federal government declared it a protected national heritage.
Bukhari said that they have many old pictures of Wazir Mansion which they are using for the restoration, especially of the window arches on the facades and the woodwork on the ceiling and other corners of the building. “Currently, we are working on the ground floor and hope that the work will be finished before December 25 this year,” he said.
The Department of Archaeology and Museums had initiated the renovation of Wazir Mansion in 2002. Extensive work was planned and the first PC-1 had an estimated cost of Rs 5.9 million but the work was delayed and restarted in 2004.
-Published @ Daily Times on Oct 8, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on October 8, 2008.

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