MULTAN -- :The Punjab Archaeology Department would open bids from contractors on Nov 18 for conservation/restoration of an over five centuries old mausoleum of Hazrat Shah Ali Akbar at Suraj Miani in Multan.
The Rs27.104 million project entered the tender stage after its technical sanction and officials hoped its execution may begin sometime in Dec 2019 subject to recommendations of tender committee and approval from Director General Punjab Archaeology.
The saint, Hazrat Shah Ali Akbar, was the 8th in line as a descent of Hazrat Shams Uddin Sabzwari and the mausoleum was built in 1585. In-charge Archaeology department Multan Malik Ghulam Muhammad had told reporter the other day.
Located at Suraj Miani (Kabuli Mohallah) in Multan city's suburbs, the tomb of Hazrat Ali Akbar is a smaller version of the tomb of Hazrat Shah Rukn-e-Alam. It shares looks and architectural features with the mausoleum of Hazrat Shah Rukn-e-
Alam which included an octagonal plan, 3-storey and tapering angle buttresses crowned by turrets. Its walls are also decorated with brick designs and tile work.
The monument is an example of fine cut and dressed work with the combination of Multani glazed kashi tiles. The interior of the monument has been damaged considerably by the smoke of mustard oil lamps and the candles' smoke has spoiled the fresco painting or Naqashi work and the lime plaster.
Glazed tiles on its exterior were also found chipped off and missing and needed restoration while salt affected brick work also needed restoration.
The openings are provided with modern metallic grilles which needed to be replaced by terracotta 'Jali'...