Precautionary Step Has Been Taken Towards the Protection of “Minar Jam”

KABUL (BNA) The director of preservation of historical monuments of the Ministry of Information and Culture says that in order to protect the Ghor minaret from possible flood damage, the Harrod and Jam seas, which are adjacent to it, have been cleaned.

Abdul Ahad Abbasi, director of the Ministry of Information and Culture, said in an interview with BNA that “Minar jam” (Minaret) Ghor is one of the most unique historical monuments in Afghanistan, which had registered by the World Cultural Heritage List in 2002 and then UNESCO in the protection and restoration of monuments.

He said the Ministry of Information and Culture erected retaining walls around the minaret to prevent flood damage.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Information and Culture decided to send a technical delegation to the area, and the Prime Minister also insisted that a delegation be sent as soon as possible to inspect the minaret area.

A delegation consisting of experts from the Ministries of Rural Development, Energy and Water, as well as experts from the Departments of Archeology and Historic Preservation of the Ministry of Information and Culture and a UNESCO representative, visited the Minar Jam area.

According to him, the experts of Hyde Rolik, in connection with the floods that threaten Bermanar, closely surveyed the areas on how to prevent floods, the Archaeological Board surveyed the ancient sites around Minar jam, and the technical group of historical monuments, the status of Minar jam. Checked to take the necessary measures to strengthen the minaret.

He said that the delegation returned to Kabul after completing their study of the Minar “Minaret Jam” and will now submit a preliminary report on the results of their study to the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Information and Culture.

Similarly, the board will present its professional and technical views and requirements in the field of minarets to UNESCO in the form of a proposal for a series of practical actions and measures to be taken in the spring to strengthen and protect the minaret.

Abbasi, in terms of how many historical water bodies there are across the country? He noted that due to unfavorable conditions, no public survey has been conducted in all provinces of the country, but so far about 2,000 historical sites have been listed, the majority of which need major repairs and protection.

He added, however, that a large number of historic watersheds are at risk due to natural disasters and the lack of sufficient budget, which must be taken care of in order to protect these watersheds.

The director of historical monuments preservation added that with the help of a number of foreign institutions, a historic water project is underway in Nangarhar, and conservation work is underway on Naranj Hill, an ancient site.

Abbasi pointed out: If the development budget is provided to the Ministry of Information and Culture, we will complete the work of semi-finished projects in 1399 and 1400, and for next year we will project another number of historical monuments of the country.

Likewise, the director of preservation of historical monuments of the Ministry of Information and Culture, emphasized that the historical monuments and cultural heritage of the country belong to all the people of Afghanistan and their identity and pride.

He called on the people to cooperate in the protection of the country’s cultural heritage, the Islamic Emirate and the Ministry of Information and Culture.

Bakhtar News Agency

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