There are some beautiful museums in the world which attract millions of visitors. The region of Mardan is rich in culture and especially Gandhara remains are matchless. The people of Mardan had the idea of a museum for a long time and they were keen to preserve the heritage. For this reason they formed National Heritage Preservation Societies in the past. Ultimately with the interest of the local Government Officials and the then commissioner of Mardan, Mr R N Sahibzada, the proposal of building a museum in Mardan was made in 1990. The museum was opened in April1991.
The original name is Takht-i-Bahi. This town is situated 15 km from Mardan on Swat Malakand road. In 1908/9 the ancient Buddhist history was discovered in the mountains. Large numbers of buildings look beautiful on top of the mountains.
Unfortunately the possessions of the houses and buildings have been taken away illegally and maybe decorating some famous buildings in the rest of the world. The population is expanding and new houses are approaching the site. If ignored for a few more years, the tourist and historic attractions will disappear.
Cultural heritage has a great historical significance. It represents the taste and theme of the time. The Guides Memorial Mardan also has a very relevant historical importance. It was built by the British in 1892 in memory of their soldiers who sacrificed their lives in defence of Queen’s Residency in Kabul on September 23rd 1879.This historical memorial was built in the centre of Mardan city.
Dr S M Sareer
There has been an increase in the cases of Gastro Enteritis (GE) in Mardan this summer. While hot weather plays a part, the most important thing is contamination of drinking water and food. The reasons specifically related to Mardan are:
1. There is no proper water purification system in place
2. The water supply pipes go side by side with the gas and sewerage pipes. As a result there is a danger of leakage from one system into another system
3. The pipes are prone to damage in summer because of heavy rains and flooding
4. The sewerage system in Mardan is almost non-existing. The main drain is Kalpani and unfortunately some poor people may use the Kalpani water for drinking.
5. The huge number of insects and flies in hot weather is a further source of contamination.
While it is the responsibility of the government to provide clean drinking water and proper sewerage system, the people need to be aware of the methods used for cleaning the water. Bottle Water and Water Filters are good but the poor people can not afford these and therefore they have to rely on simple things. The most important of these is to boil the water, cool it, store it and then drink it. In this way drinking Boiled water can reduce the diseases. It is a simple and affordable method.