LAHORE: The Punjab government has begun work on Rs.2 billion projects to refurbish dilapidated buildings in Punjab – Lahore and four other major districts of the region.
Millions of rupees have reportedly been released for the ‘Dilkash Lahore scheme’ to provide the city with an attractive look. Govt Officials said other sections would also start obtaining the funds shortly, but a new city was possible to be counted in place of Muridke.
Provincial Local Government Secretary (Dr. Naeem Rauf) said that the historic buildings in Lahore and different districts would be repaired to their original condition and the civilization of Punjab would also be emphasized.
Construction and renovation work at shrines in Multan will be accomplished by the Auqaf department, in Bahawalpur by the metropolitan corporation and the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) after the clearance of funds by the finance department.
Plans have been created by the Punjab government to fix the dilapidated ancient buildings in different districts to repair them to their original condition so that the attractiveness of the cities may draw foreign tourists along with visitors from the country.
Lahore, Bahawalpur, Multan, Faisalabad, and Muridke have been included in this scheme in the initial stage. Underneath the plan to make Lahore attractive, all the historic buildings from GPO Chowk to Charing Cross will be fixed to their original condition so that The Mall road can look more attractive.
Estimates have been sought from various companies for the repair of the buildings, which reportedly amount to Rs. 500 million.
On the directives of the Punjab government, the finance department has initially released Rs. 500 million for the project in Lahore and the work is likely to start soon.