CM Sindh approves Rs250 million for restoration of ancient glass work of St Patrick’s church in Karachi - Eye News Network

CM Sindh approves Rs250 million for restoration of ancient glass work of St Patrick’s church in Karachi

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KARACHI (ENNS) Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved Rs250 million for restoration of interior of St Patrick’s Cathedral including glass, stone and wood work built in 1845.
He took this decision on Saturday in a meeting with a delegation of St. Patrick’s Cathedral led Rector Rev. Fr. Mario Rodrigues who called on him here at CM House.
The chief minister was told that St Patrick’s church, the first church in Sindh, was built in 1845 in Gothic revival architecture. It has the capacity to accommodate 15,00 worshipers at a time.

The chief minister said that the Gazetteer of Sindh provided a detailed description of the cathedral. He read out Gazetteer text from his Ipad and said, “Church exterior is not ornamental, though striking from a distance, but money and art have been lavished on the interior.

The chief minister said that the heritage committee and experts must be involved in the restoration of the old work so that it could be restored in its original glory.

Shah told the father to start work and his government would provide him Rs250 million over a period of three years. “We would give you Rs50 million as soon as you would complete all documentary requirements for starting restoration work,” he said.

The father told the chief minister that the Christian community was also contributing to meet reaming expenditures.

The chief minister said that Christian Community has contributed a lot in the development of the country, particularly in Sindh. “Your contribution in education sector is worth mentioning here,” he said and added he himself received education in St Patrick’s school.

Shah said that the standard of education in public sector has dropped down, at this stage the provincial government was in dire need of high standard St. Patrick’s type of dedicated and devoted teachers. AT this father Mario said that they were also facing short of highly qualified and dedicated teachers as they used to be some 10 to 20 years ago.

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