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CM Chaudhry Parvez Elahi holds meeting to restore historic beauty of provincial capital

LAHORE, Dec 6:

Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi chaired a meeting at his office about the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA).

The CM directed to provide drones to WCLA for monitoring historic buildings, and places and to address the issue of encroachments in congested areas. This would also help to save historic buildings and places from encroachments, he added.

A report was presented on the restoration of the residence of the architect of Lahore Sir Ganga Ram at Taxali Gate. The CM said that a museum and a Ganga Ram gallery will be established along with shops in Sheikhupuran Bazar in Taxala Gate. The government will resume the restoration work from where it left off in the previous period, the CM said. Sir Ganga Ram is the architect of modern Lahore, and his services cannot be forgotten; he added and vowed to restore the historic beauty of the cultural capital of Pakistan to develop it as a modern tourist hub.

DG WCLA Kamran Lashari briefed the participants that the cultural image of Pakistan has been improved by the restoration of Lahore’s historic Delhi Gate and royal passageway. 700 houses and 509 shops have also been restored in the walled city where infrastructural services, rehabilitation of streets, water supply system and underground wiring works have been completed successfully. Meanwhile, “Vekh Lahore, Roshan Galiyan, Yatra and Sufi Night” programs are largely attended by fans and tourists. The historic status of the rear side of the Badshahi Mosque will be restored by relocating the rim market. The world’s largest pitch wall has been designed on the Shahi Fort and the renovation of Gali Sajan Singh is promoting street tourism. Similarly, a walled city solid management system ensures the quality of cleanliness. Bardinanath well, royal kitchen and passageway have been fully restored. From Bhati Gate to Kurti Hajiullah Bakhsh, 1028 old shops have been restored to historical status. For the restoration of historic buildings and archaeology in Lahore, the World Bank, ADF and other institutions are cooperating fully.

Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, secretary Auqaf and DG PHA and others attended the meeting.

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