New Delhi, Aug 22, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday jointly inaugurated Kabul’s Stor Palace via video-conference and called the monument a “setting for many momentous historical events”.
The Indian government had promised to help Afghanistan renovate many of its war damaged structures, among them the Executive Block of the Afghan Parliament building and the Stor Palace — also known as Darul Aman Palace — in Kabul city.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during his visit to Afghanistn in 2011, committed to renovate and restore the Stor Palace located in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Campus.
Though the proposed renovation was estimated to cost about $5.7 million, an initial grant of $4 million was committed.
The work was entrusted to Agha Khan Trust for Culture and the project was to be completed in 36 months starting from July 2012.
Subsequently, the ministry sanctioned the balance funding of $1.7 million in July 2015 and the project was scheduled to be completed by the first week of August 2016.