Punjab Govt Mulls Park Near Tombs Of Nurjahan, Jahangir

Punjab Govt Mulls Park Near Tombs Of Nurjahan, Jahangir
Punjab's caretaker setup is reviewing plans to build a park near the tombs of Mughal Emperor Jahangir and his wife Nurjahan, apart from restoring the 12 historical gates of Mughal era Lahore.

This was reviewed during a meeting convened with Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi in the chair.

During the meeting, a proposal to build a park along the lines of the Greater Iqbal Park near the historical tomb was deliberated.

The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) chief gave a briefing on the project to restore all the 12 gates of Mughal Lahore.

WCLA officials said that their experts would draw up a design of the gates after completing their due research on how they looked originally and how they can be rebuilt, given the current state of these gates and the construction and encroachment around them.

They said that the 12 gates, including Taxili, Lohari, Shah Alami, Mochi, Akbari, Delhi, Yeki, Roshnai, Sheranwala, Masti Gate and other gates, will be restored to their original condition under a phased programme.

As part of the programme, officials said that they would order to remove the encroachments. Moreover, the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) will be requested to change the way they supply power to the walled city areas by removing the overhead power lines in favour of buried power lines.

In this regard, Naqvi directed to remove the wall chalking and banners and other posters plastered on the walls of the historic gateways and other buildings.

Apart from restoring the historic gate, Naqvi directed to restore the historic Maryam Zamani Mosque situated opposite the Lahore Fort.

Provincial Ministers Mansoor Qadir, Aamir Mir, Azfar Ali Nasir, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretaries of Finance, Local Government, Planning and Development Board, Construction and Communications, Commissioner Lahore Division, Deputy Commissioner Lahore and related officials participated in the meeting.