Multan: Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo has announced his government’s decision to provide an additional fund of PKR 450 million for the Walled City project and the Pak-Italian Resource Centre’s establishment (in the clock tower) – a news source reported. This initiative is expected to create business opportunities for artists residing in the city.
The ambassador made this announcement during his meeting with Multan Deputy Commissioner (DC) Muhammad Aamer Khattak. He remarked that Pakistan had promising cultural and religious tourism prospects.
Ambassador Pontecorvo said tourism in Italy contributed 15% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Pakistan should follow the practice. He said that the Walled City project (funded by the Italian government) would be resumed and that a master plan was being developed in this regard.
The ambassador (accompanied by his wife Miss Lydia) inaugurated Musafir Khana, Darbar Musa Pak Shaheed and toured Walled City project’s office. He also visited the local craft market and shrines of Shah Rukn-e-Alam and Bahauddin Zakariya Multani.
Previously, the Italian government had allocated USD 10 million for the renovation of historical buildings in the city, after ex-Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani had sought his Italian counterpart’s assistance to help with the consultancy services to preserve the historical status of Multan on the similar pattern used for Rome’s renovation.