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Italy pledges €13m in aid for Bamyan projects

Italy pledges €13m in aid for Bamyan projects

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Oct 10, 2018 - 20:09

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): The Italian government has pledged 13 million Euros in assistance for several reconstructioninfo-icon projects, including preservation of Shahr-e-Gholghola, the worldinfo-icon heritage site in central Bamyan province, officials said on Wednesday.

Director of the Joint Development Cooperation of Italian government in Afghanistaninfo-icon told at a press conference here his country had allocated two million Euros for preservation of Shahr-e-Gholghola, revitalizing agricultureinfo-icon and improving environmentinfo-icon in Bamyan province.

He said an ancient park would be rehabilitated at a cost of four million Euros and asphalt work on a 12 kilometer road would be launched soon at a cost of seven million Euros.

He said his country would pay €7 million to build a road from the Korker-e-Al-Burshoun area with a € 4 million contribution from the Afghan government.

Head of the UNESCO Cultural Section in Afghanistan said the ancient park was the first in Afghanistan to be built in the Bamiyan Valley and will lead to permanent UN cultural heritage.

For the time being, eight Bamyan cultural heritage sites have been included in the UNESCO non-aligned list.

The historic park between two damaged statues of Buddhas is being built, confirmed, Noor Agha Noori, director of the Afghan Institute of Archaeology in Kabulinfo-icon.

He added all projects Italy has funded were important for Bamyan and the province’s heritage.

He said it was about to be decided about restoring or reconstructing Buddha sculptures  since four proposals had already been provided to the Afghan Ministry of Culture by Italy, Germany and Japan.

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