Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan has said that the long-delayed work on the Fyzee Rahamin art gallery must be completed within the next eight months.
He issued this directive while presiding over a meeting held on Saturday to review matters related to the art gallery’s construction.
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed briefed the participants in the meeting about the unfinished portions of the gallery.
They were informed that the work was started in 1992 at an estimated cost of Rs210 million, but the cost increased manifold due to subsequent delays.
He said that the construction of an auditorium in the art gallery was still pending due to unavailability of funds.
The PC-1 of the project was being prepared for the construction of an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,800 people, he added.
He further informed that an international standard Food Court will also be the part of the gallery. The Governor directed the officials concerned to resolve issues related to the provision of funds and complete the remaining work within next 8 months.
When the remarkable portraitist Rahamin Fyzee died in 1964, his wife, Atiya Begum, decided to set up a museum in his memory at their residence, Aiwan-i-Riffat, on M.R. Kayani Road. She gave away the property to the KMC for the purpose. But the venture faced one impediment after another, delaying the project for decades.
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