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60pc of rehabilitation work on Seraj-ul-Emarat completed

60pc of rehabilitation work on Seraj-ul-Emarat completed

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Mar 04, 2019 - 14:53

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Sixty percent of rehabilitation work on the Seraj-ul-Emarat building has been completed in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday.

The remaing 40 percent of work would be completed in two and a half months. The landmark, erected over a hundred year ago by ex-king Amir Habibullah Khan, was damaged during the civil war rendered unfit for living.

The rehabilitation of the ancient building was launched 10 years back when Gul Agha Sherzai was the governor of Nangarhar. However, the work was later stopped for unknown reasons.

One and a half years earlier, the Information and Cultural Affairs Department launched the rehabiliatation of Seraj-ul-Emarat and 60 percent of work has since been completed.

Nangarhar Information and Culture Director Awrang Samim said rehabilitation work was being carried out by professionals including archilogists.

He said the three-year rehabilitation project was being conducted at a cost of 56 million afghanis provided from the uplift budget of the Information and Culture Department.

He added workers had been able to carry out work at a good clip and had completed move than 50 percent of work in 18 months.

Badam Zarifi, writer and poet, told Pajhwok Afghan News that former rulers – from Amir Habibullah Khan, Amir Amanullah Khan to Zahir Shah -- fully used the facility.

He added when former rulers of Afghanistna used to visit Jalalabad during the winter season, they stayed at Seraj-ul-Emarat in the afternoon.

The Nangarhar Shahi Manai (Kingdom Palace), now the known as the Govenror’s House, is among the historic buildings in the province.

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