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LAHORE: A delegation from the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA), led by Director General Kamran Lashari, held a meeting with Capital City Police Officer Bilal Siddique Kamyana at his office to discuss the protection, security, and restoration of archaeological sites in Lahore.

During the meeting, various issues related to the preservation of Lahore’s historical and cultural heritage were discussed.

Both the Director General of WCLA and the Capital City Police Officer shared ideas on enhancing security to combat drug abuse, mobile snatching, and theft in the areas surrounding Jahangir’s Tomb, Shalimar Gardens, and Lahore Fort. Kamran Lashari expressed concerns regarding encroachments in the walled city, unregulated high-rise buildings, and unauthorized basement constructions. The Capital City Police Officer assured him of the police’s full cooperation.

The Capital City Police Officer also commended Kamran Lashari for his contributions to the preservation of the walled city and highlighted the significant role played by the Walled City of Lahore Authority in promoting tourism and safeguarding heritage.

Kamran Lashari mentioned that under the Walled City of Lahore Authority, 10% of the walled area has been transformed into a state-of-the-art international model. This project encompasses a world-class water and sanitation network, as well as an underground electricity system.

The Chief Minister of Punjab has allocated special funds for the beautification and enhancement of the Shahdara Complex and Shalimar Gardens. Kamran Lashari announced that restoration work has already begun at Bhatti Gate and will progress towards Taxali Gate and Lahore Fort. Additionally, under the buffer zone plan, Taxali Gate will be integrated with Ali Park, and the road will be diverted from the second side.

Furthermore, Kamran Lashari mentioned that a work plan is being developed for the restoration of the Mariam Zamani Mosque, the oldest mosque in Lahore.

He emphasized that Lahore is our historical heritage and highlighted the recognition bestowed upon the Walled City of Lahore Authority by UNESCO for the successful completion of the Shahi Hammam project. He noted the interest shown by international donors in its development due to Lahore’s historical significance. He concluded by announcing the establishment of yoga and fitness clubs in Lahore.

The meeting was attended by Director (Administration) Shahid Nadeem, Incharge of Lahore Fort Faizah Shah, Incharge of Shalimar Garden Asghar Hussain, Incharge of Shahdara Yasser Arafat, as well as SP City (Investigation) Raza Tanveer, SP Cantt (Operations) Ovais Shafiq, SDPO Baghbanpura Iyaz Khan, SDPO Shahdara Maqsood Gujjar, SDPO Tibbi City Muhammad Nauman, and SDPO Naveed Akmal.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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