Mohenjo Daro could be removed from the World Heritage List
Larkana: Pakistan’s Department of Archeology has called for urgent attention for conservation and restoration work at Mohenjo Daro, fearing the site could be removed from the World Heritage List if the work is not carried out, media reported. .
The archaeological ruins of Mohenjo Daro had received record rains, measured at 779.5 mm, which continued from August 16 to 26. This led to extensive damage to the site and the partial collapse of several walls, including the stupa’s dome protection wall, Dawn reported. .
It was learned that the curator of the site, in his August 29 letter to the Director of Culture, Antiquities and Archeology, said, “We have made efforts to protect the site with our resources.”
The role of the other departments – Irrigation, Roads, Highways and Forestry – was very essential for the safeguarding of the World Heritage site, because the owners and the farmers had not only inserted pipes and cut canals and roads to discharge the water into the Mohenjo Daro canal. However, due to the negligence of the aforementioned departments, rainwater from nearby farmlands filled the drainage channel, sources said.
This delayed the evacuation of water from the site, the letter said, adding that water had even entered the campus. After the rains, the relevant official at the site said, “We are facing another emergency in the form of a steady rise in the level of the Indus.”
Although the water level in the Indus is low, due to the construction of a metal road on the protective dyke near Mohenjo Daro, associated with the appearance of cracks, cavities and dangerous ravines, the department had approached local irrigation officials but to no avail, according to the letter. No one had shown up to inspect the site and assess the situation, he said, Dawn reported.