Culture Dept ordered to restore painted old buildings on Burns Road

KARACHI: It has been decided to re-color the buildings constructed on the famous Burns Road in Sindh capital.

Painting of historic buildings to make Burns Road a regular food street has been declared illegal. There are about 40 historic buildings on this road that are in violation of the Sindh Heritage Restoration Act 1994.

Historic buildings were painted and beautified, but this diminished the importance of historic buildings. The administration formed a committee to de-color the historic buildings. The committee will look into the issue of painting the historical heritage against the law. The committee headed by the Director-General (DG) Archeology will conduct an inquiry and submit a report.

Provincial Culture Minister Sardar Shah said that the civil buildings were painted without permission, which would be de-colored. He said that the work of decorating these historic buildings on Burns Road would start immediately.

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Lately, the Karachi administration had decided to pedestrianize the food street. A notification issued on 5th January said that the vehicles would not be allowed on the street after 7 pm as a part of the government’s initiative to pedestrianize it.

People visiting the food street will be able to give their cars on valet parking while a route will be devised for emergencies. Markings will be chalked on both sides of the streets to prevents restaurants from extending their sitting areas.