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Sethi for plan to implement Lahore Walled City Project

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CARETAKER Chief Minister Najam Sethi has said the Lahore Walled City Project is of vital importance and its completion will not only raise the living standard of people but it will also help in conservation of cultural and historical heritage. He said that there is a need for comprehensive planning for the effective implementation of the project.

He was presiding over a meeting regarding on Lahore Walled City Project at Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Tuesday.


Sethi said there was need for capacity-building of the staff engaged in the Lahore Walled City Project. He directed Lahore Walled City Authority to take expeditious measures for formulation of its rules and regulations. He directed that handing over of the historical Wazir Khan Mosque and Shahi Hamam to Lahore Walled City Authority should be considered and a report be submitted to him at the earliest.


DG Lahore Walled City Project Authority Kamran Lashari gave a briefing on the project Provincial Minister for Tourism & Archeology Salima Hashmi and others attended the meeting.

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Lahore: Development of Walled City Project
 
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Vacated and Demolished shops of Wazir Khan Mosque

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Restoration work: Walled City to have internet presence

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LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) is expected to complete the restoration work by November and will also launch an upgraded website of the project.

The WCLA is creating an internet portal where information about the historic area will be conveniently available. This will include statistical data and itineraries for tourists.

WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari said, “Restructuring the houses in the Walled City is just one part of a much bigger plan. It would be pointless to undertake such a massive project without advertising it.”

“We are trying to apply international standards of conservation to this historic site without affecting the lives and traditions of those who live within the walls,” Lashari said.

He said the WCLA planned to improve the website and transform it into a web portal where information would be readily available.

WCLA communications expert Tania Qureshi said, “Many people in Lahore rarely visit the Walled City because it is a difficult place to access. Its beauty is overshadowed by a dangerous mix of bad stereotypes and mismanagement. Increasing the presence of the Walled City on the Internet will help people who have never been there appreciate the historical importance of this site.”

The website would be developed, she said, over the next three to six months.

She said several interns and volunteers were helping with the work.

The restoration of the Walled City is planned in a phased manner. Package 1 from Delhi Gate to Chowk Purani Kotwali, was meant to finish in June 2013. However, its completion has ben delayed until November.

The main objective of the project is to make the city more accessible. Securing the infrastructures ”is the first step.” A mass advertisement campaign will make the project more visible.

Qureshi said, “Residents of the Walled City must cooperate with us. This is why we are working on a micro-scale, going door to door trying to create a community-based organization.

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Walled City Authority mulls proposals for Book Street

LAHORE.: A proposal to establish a book street, along the lines of the Food Street, will be prepared in a month, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The idea was discussed at a meeting attended by Lahore division commissioner, the district coordination officer and the Walled City Authority on Friday. Participants of the meeting mulled over several concepts for the street’s style including showcases and shelves, shift huts and books on mats. They also considered various options for its locations including the road near Tollington Market, Thornton Road near the PTCL office on The Mall, a road near Liberty and the service lane in front of Pak Tea House.

Walled City Authority Director General Kamran Lashari said that a proposal in this regard will be prepared in four weeks.

The idea was to provide booksellers a venue to sell books and to revive the culture of reading. Avid readers would also be provided a place where they could find a variety of books.

Lashari said that he envisioned a street where the Vendors will display books in shelves and cases along the road. They would conduct a survey to identify the ideal location for the street, he said.

Muhammad Naeem Usmani, a bookseller near Mayo Hospital, said that book vendors should be provided such support by the district administration.

“We should not be treated like encroachers,” he said, “A book street is a fantastic idea…it will definitely promote the culture of reading books.”

There was a time when people would throng to bookstores to buy fiction novels and biographies, “But the only customers get now are college and university students looking for text books,” said Usmani, “Music CD shops and videogame arcades get way more many customers than us.”

Poet Wasih Shah appreciated the government’s gesture saying, “It would be a great gift for the people of Lahore…Economic prosperity alone cannot cultivate society.”

Books could help broaden the society’s view of the world and inculcate tolerance in people. “Every other cafe in the world has an adjoining book store,” Shah said, “This culture should be promoted here as well.” DCO Naseem Sadiq said that they would extend complete support to the Walled City Authority for establishing the book street. Since several proposals were under consideration at the moment they would have to wait for the Walled City Authority to specify the one they want to proceed with.

“As to who will execute the project and how it will be executed? That is yet to be decided,” he said.

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Revamp: WCLA has big plans for Fort Road Food Street

Revamp: WCLA has big plans for Fort Road Food Street

LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has developed a management plan for the Fort Road Food Street.

The WCLA will revise prices of dishes at the Food Street restaurants, ensure high quality food is served and introduce more traditional dishes to menus.

It also aims to promote local artists and performing arts and improve the parking system near the food street. Hygiene standards will be strictly monitored at the food street. The chefs will be required to wear gloves, clean clothes and hairnets. They will be provided uniforms and name tags.

Failure to do so will attract warnings and heavy fines. The restaurants consistently failing hygiene standards would be closed.

The WCLA will ensure the kitchens are washed every night before closure. It will arrange workshops for cooks at five star hotels.

Sanitation workers, solid waste management staff and restaurant owners are being briefed and trained in dengue prevention measures. Artist Iqbal Hussain, the owner of Cooco’s Den, said that he had hoped to see a marked improvement when the WCLA took over the food street. He said WCLA officers were strict in terms of cleanliness and food quality.

He said restaurants had never been trained on hygiene standards before.

“The renovation of the Food Street will be a dream come true for many of us,” he said. Shakil Shah of Qasim Haveli restaurant told The Express Tribune that over the last few years, restaurant owners had faced many problems.

He said the electricity crisis, poor infrastructure, poor disposal of solid waste and poor hygiene had been their greatest concerns.

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Land mafia: Historic gate of Katri Baoo Mumtaz demolished

Published: September 11, 2013

 

 

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The gate of Katri Baoo Mumtaz, flanked by two lions inside the Sheranwala Gate, was demolished on Monday without permission from the Ravi Town administration, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Katri Baoo Mumtaz was built during the Mughal era. It is a residential locality with very old shops. Following the demolition of the gate, the trail of buildings up to Siddiq Payewala, that includes nearly 15 shops and houses, is under threat from being torn down to build commercial centres, Walled City of Lahore Authority Heritage Expert Talib Hussain said.

When contacted for a comment, Ravi Town Municipal Administrator Sardar Ahad Dogar said that he was on leave and not aware of the demolition. He said that he would take strict action if a violation had occurred.

The man behind the demolition, Chaudhry Fazil told The Express Tribune, “We are planning to construct a huge shopping mall and market along the lines of Azam Cloth Market here. Nobody can stop us from doing that.”

Asghar Ali, a resident who saw the demolition, told The Express Tribune that it was being carried out in connivance with an Auqaf Department official.

WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari said, “The Walled City is under the threat of commercialisation. It would turn this area into a warehouse.” He said that the TMA will penalise Fazil as per law.

WCLA Deputy Director Tania Qureshi, said, “The TMA is supposed to work in consultation with the WCLA.” The TMA has not kept the demolition of the Walled City’s original fabric under check. Their system of checks and balances is lacking, she said, “That is why the land mafia has control of the Walled City instead of the TMA.”

When asked to comment on these allegations, TMA Dogar refused to comment and switched his phone off.

She said if illegal construction in the Walled City was not stopped, the heritage of the area would be lost.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2013.

 

 

 

 


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Walled city of Lahore: Six degrees of restoration

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Six of the remaining 12 gates of the walled city of Lahore are being rescued. The Walled City of Lahore Authority is putting millions of rupees into the project with the help of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Experts will start with the Texali and Shah Alam gates. They will, however, be modeled on the Roshnai gate, which was built in the Mughal style, said a restorer. It appears that Sikh or British styles will be eschewed.

The old city of Lahore came to be known during the reign of Emperor Akbar (1584-1598) as the walled city because it was enclosed by a nine-metre high brick wall with a rampart. The walled city had 13 gates made of wood and iron. They continued to exist until the 19th century but the British are said to have demolished them in an attempt to weaken the defences. Almost all of the gates, except Roshnai Gate, were felled. Except for the Delhi and Lahori Gates, all of them were rebuilt but sadly today, only six continue to exist: Roshnai, Delhi, Shairanwalla, Bhati, Kashmiri and Lahori gates. Here is a bird’s-eye view:


A bird’s-eye view of the walled city of Lahore where two out of the 12 historic gates are being repaired.

Roshnai Gate

Roshnai Gate lies between the Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque and is still in its original condition. It was the main entrance from the fort to the city and was specifically used for courtiers, royal servants and their retinues. In the evenings the gate was lit up, giving it the name Roshnai or light. Next door is Hazuri Bagh, created by Maharajah Ranjit Singh in 1813 to celebrate the capture of the Koh-i-Noor diamond from Shah Shujah of Afghanistan. In the centre of the garden stands the Hazuri Bagh Baradari in marble. The mausoleum of poet Muhammad Iqbal and the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh are worth a visit here.

Masti Gate

Its name derives from the word Masjidi as the mosque of Mariam Makhani, the mother of Emperor Akbar, is located in its immediate locality. Some historians assert that the gate was named after Masti Baloch, who was appointed a guard. This area is primarily packed with shoe vendors today.

Texali Gate

The royal mint or Taxal was located near this gate, lending it its name. Today this area is renowned for its appetising range of food. The bazaar is also the place to go to for musical instruments that are made and sold here. The sacred places for the Sikhs, Pani-Wallah Talaab and Gurdwara Lal Khooh are also located here.

Bhati Gate



Named after the ancient Bhat Rajput tribe, Bhati gate is renowned for Lahori food. Its Bazaar-e-Hakiman was named after the hakims, who lived here. Poet Dr Allama Iqbal had a small place here where he used to study and hold daily meetings with his comrades; it still exists. Prominent pahalwans or wrestlers such as Kala Maro lived here.



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Mori Gate

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Sandwiched between Lahori and Bhati gates was the small Mori gate, even though it wasn’t a gate as such. In Urdu, the word mori is used to referred to a small hole. In the evening, when all of the gates were closed, this particular opening gave access to the walled city. It was also used as an outlet for garbage disposal. The striking structures are still witnessing the glory and magnificence of the bygone empires; however, advertisement of different shops, banners of political parties, pollution and uncleanliness of the vicinity are heavily costing the splendor of the Mughal art.

Lahori Gate

The oldest of the gates of the walled city, Lahori Gate is colloquially known as Lohari Gate. During Hindu Raj, the neighbourhood of Ichra was supposed to be the actual Lahore. As this gate faced Ichra, it was thus named Lahori Gate. However, another group of historians claims that Lohari comes from Urdu word loha or iron. Lohars or blacksmiths used to run their business here. Just across this gate you will find Anarkali Bazaar and the tomb of Qutubuddin Aibak, first Muslim ruler of the subcontinent.

Kashmiri Darwaza

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This gate opens towards the valley of Kashmir. Inside visit the Kashmiri Bazaar with narrow markets and alleyways. A pathway leads to the famed and impossibly tranquil Wazir Khan Mosque. A big market for children’s shoes spreads out from it.

Khiziri Gate (Shairanwala Gate)

It is said that this gate was named after a saint, Hazrat Khwaja Khizr Elias, who was known as Amer-ul-Bahar (commander of water). At the time it was built this gate opened onto the river front. Some historians assert that when Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh got hold of the city, he kept two domesticated lions in a cage for protection, which is why this gate was named Shairanwala or Lions gate.

Zakki Gate (Yaki Gate)

Zakki Gate has a bit of a surprising story. It was named after a saint, Zakki, who historians say was beheaded during a fight against the Tartars. It is said that even after his head was severed from his body, the body continued fighting for some time. His head and body are said to be buried at the spots where they fell. A number of temples are also located in and around this gate.

Delhi Gate:

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This gate was built during the reign of Emperor Akbar and is named as such as it opens towards Delhi, which was the then capital of the Mughal dynasty. Just as you enter, to the left is the rehabilitated royal bath or Shahi Hamam built by Hakim Ilmuddin. A short walk up ahead will lead you to Wazir Khan Mosque with its intricate painted panels. The tomb of Hazrat Meran Badshah is located in the courtyard of the mosque. Hindus also revere the Shawala Baba Bhakar Guru site in this neighbourhood.

Akbari Gate:

Named after Jalalud Din Muhammad Akbar (1542-1605), Akbari Gate is located in the east. Akbari Mandi, the biggest wholesale and retail market of Lahore for grains and spices, was set up by the emperor and serves thousands even today.

Mochi Gate:

Morchi or trench soldier seems to be the word that led to Mochi Gate. This etymological origin is supported by the fact that some streets or mohallas in the area still bear names like Mohalla Teer-garan (arrow craftsmen), Mohalla Kaman-garan (bow craftsmen). Some historians feel that the name came from Moti or pearl after Pandit Moti Ram, a guard during the reign of Akbar who used to watch over this gate. The gate was the main route taken to some Havelis of the Mughal empire such as Mubarak Haveli, Nisar Haveli and Laal Haveli. To its immediate right is Mochi Bagh where political get-togethers take place. Find here dry fruit, kites and fireworks and don’t miss the kebabs and das Kulcha with lonchara for breakfast.

Shah Alam Gate

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This gate was named after Aurangzeb’s son and successor, Muazzam Shah Alam Bahadur Shah. It was once called Bherwala Gate and was burnt to ashes in the 1947 rioting; only the name exists today. It opens into one of Lahore’s busiest bazaars, where you can get nearly everything from iron receptacles to wedding accessories. Rang Mahal and Soha Bazaar (the gold market) are also worth a visit. There are almost 400 shops, burning brightly with hundreds of gold and yellow bulbs, to browse. Kanari bazaar is a hot favourite for brides-to-be and Chata bazaar is known for the traditional leather khussa. Go to Gumtee and Dabi Bazars for bangles and Azam Cloth Market for textiles.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, August 25th, 2013.

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Improving environment: Clean up operation in Walled City commences

Househ*olds will be provid*ed boxes to collec*t waste paper for recycl*ing.

The Lahore Waste Management Company’s staff and Waste Busters’ workers will clean 57 streets from Delhi Gate to Chowk Kotwali each morning.

LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore (WCLA), in collaboration with Waste Busters and Bulleh Shah Packages, launched the Clean Walled City Project on Monday.

Waste Busters CEO Asif Farooqi said, “We have been running a similar project in Green Town for two years.”

He said that the project was simple and easy to understand. “All we want is to keep the Walled City clean and make the masses aware of its importance.”

The Lahore Waste Management Company’s staff and Waste Busters’ workers will clean 57 streets from Delhi Gate to Chowk Kotwali each morning. They will collect garbage from all houses and shops at 10am, said Farooqi.

Waste Busters will provide a box made from recycled paper to all houses and shops for them to trash waste paper in, he said. “Our staff will collect waste paper from these boxes,” he said.

Farooqi said each household would pay the workers Rs100 per month. He said the amount had been agreed upon by residents of the area.

“We cannot manage this herculean task without help from residents in the area,” he said.




Global Perspective and Sustainability Director Ambreen Waheed said, “The boxes for people to collect waste paper in have been made from recycled agricultural and paper waste. We believe that everything should be recycled.”

She said the boxes were durable. She said the waste paper collected from the Walled City would be recycled to produce more boxes.

“The youth can play an effective role in making this project a success,” Waheed said, “We hope that students join us in the effort.”

She said they wanted to make students aware of the importance of keeping the city clean, as “it is our social responsibility”.

Actor Faryal Ali Gauhar said, “The term cultural heritage does not only extend to buildings but also refers to how we deal with traditions, our way of living and world view.”

Walled City of Lahore Authority Director Kamran Lashari said the big difference between people in the West and here was that they loved and respected their cultural heritage.

“We need to change our mindsets and realise that it is our responsibility to preserve the streets, houses and buildings in the city,” he said.

Residents of the Walled City must support the project, he said.

He requested the students present on the occasion to help mobilise teams to create awareness about the issue.

WCLA Deputy Director Tania Qureshi said, “The Royal Trail project will be completed soon. We need to bring about a behavioural change regarding cleanliness among the residents of the area so we can keep it clean.”

She said she hoped that they would soon present a clean and an environment friendly Walled City to tourists.

Students from several schools distributed pamphlets to people in Delhi Gate to raise awareness.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2013.



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Reply sought on plea against high rises in Walled City
 
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The Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought replies from the Punjab government, the city district government and the Lahore Walled City Authority on a petition challenging construction of multi-storey buildings inside the Walled City.
 
A resident of Kashmiri Gate, Asif Ali Mirza, filed the petition and submitted that the construction of high-rise buildings was rampant inside the Walled City in violation of the settled rules and laws.
 
The petitioner said his family had been in the area for more than one hundred years. He said his grandfather had dedicated some property for religious purpose and a registered waqf deed was executed by his father in 1985. Presently, the property was being used for holding Majalis-i-Aza and was waqf in the name of Qasar-i-Abbas, he said and added that the whole area was residential, not commercial.
 
The petitioner pointed out that some people purchased properties adjacent to the Imambargah and started construction of multi-storey plaza without any sanctioned site plan and obtaining permission of the authorities concerned. He said the illegal construction had also damaged the building of the 200-year-old Imambargah.
 
He pleaded that the haphazard and illegal construction and commercial activities within the Walled City of Lahore was illegal, unconstitutional. He appealed to the court to direct the authorities to stop commercial activities and construction of high-rise buildings inside the jurisdiction of the Walled City.
 
Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh heard initial arguments and directed the government authorities to submit their reply by March 20.
 
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Walled City: Royal Trail restoration project ‘nearly complete’
 

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LAHORE: Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) Director General Kamran Lashari said on Thursday that the Royal Trail project launched in April 2012 was nearincomplete.
He said most electric power wires had been shifted underground and buildings had been decorated with flowers and plants.
“The Royal Trail restoration was a very complex project. We plan to make this area accessible for pedestrians. We will announce alternative routes for vehicles. After this, we plan shift the focus of the work from Chowk Kotwali to Lahore Fort,” he said.
The Royal Trail project started in April 2012 with an objective to improve infrastructure services and rehabilitation of building facades.
As many as 57 streets with more than 800 properties were restored.
Live wires outside buildings shifted underground from Delhi Gate to Chowk Kotwali.
 
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The Royal Trail has become a popular attraction for tourists.
Many people visit the trail to take a tour of the Walled City and its monuments.
Shabbar Raza, a resident of the area, said, “For the first time the ugly-looking wires have been removed and buildings have renovated.”
Nauman Waseem, another resident, said, “The new electricity arrangements are working well. We were not expecting such a smooth change.”
Mudassar Chaudhry, another resident, said, “I see many tourists visiting the Royal Trail. This is an amazing site now. We enjoy living in this area. I have been living here since birth and I had never seen greenery and street lights here.”
Muhammad Javed, a shop owner, said, “I had initially opposed the project. We protested against it many times. We thought that the work would hamper our business. Our apprehensions have proved wrong. Our businesses were not affected. This renovation has had a good impact on our sales. Our shops are easily accessible to tourists now.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2014.

 

Source: http://tribune.com.p...early-complete/

 



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Built heritage: ‘WCLA team will try to preserve what remains’
 

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Permission for construction of multi-storey and public utility buildings will require a structural stability certificate. PHOTO COURTESY: SURESH K. BHAVNANI

LAHORE: Building regulations for the Walled City of Lahore Authority have been formulated under the supervision of heritage lawyer Khurram Chughtai, consultant for the WCLA, after a delay of nearly eight months, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Talib Hussain, the director of WCLA’s Urban Planning and Building Control, said that the Authority faced many issues while drafting the bylaws. He said there were diverging opinions regarding the maximum heights of buildings, management of heritage buildings in residential and commercial areas and how to deal with encroachments in an amicable way.
The proposed by-laws will be reviewed at a meeting next month chaired by the chairman of the authority, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Chughtai told The Express Tribune there was no previous model in Pakistan for such legislation. He added “If these by-laws are implemented in their true spirit, walled city heritage will become a lot safer.”
One of the proposed by-laws disallows construction of buildings of more than four storeys (ground floor and three floors above it). Another prohibits the construction of basements, except on plots measuring more than one kanal and with the prior permission of the competent authority.
Permission for construction of multi-storey and public utility buildings will require a structural stability certificate, structural design drawings, a certificate from the fire department and certificates from an architect, a resident engineer and a structural engineer.
Details of the building materials and a no objection certificate from the Environmental Protection Agency will also have to be submitted.
It is proposed that the authority maintain a panel of vetting structural engineers.
The authority proposed to have the power to impose special conditions on account of factors like heritage value, urban fabric and the status of the property in a zone of special value.
It is also proposed that no building or portion of a building be demolished without prior written permission from the authority.
A ‘heritage property’ may not be demolished without the concurrence of the Heritage Conservation Board, unless it has been declared dangerous.
It is proposed that the WCLA have the power to seal a property and issue instructions to builders and occupants to improve facades and common utility areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2014.

 

Source: http://tribune.com.p...e-what-remains/

 







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