LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has started work on the Royal Trail package-4 to restore and develop the path from Old Kotwali Chowk up to Sonehri Mosque.
According to WCLA spokesperson Tania Qureshi, “As part of Package 4, the path from Old Kotwali Chowk up to the Sonehri Mosque will be rehabilitated and restored.” This restoration scheme affects 22 streets, almost 150 buildings, the bazaars, and Sonehri Mosque.
Qureshi also said WCLA would also ensure the timely provision and changing of electric, telephone and TV, along with streamlining the water channels, and improving the sewage and rainwater system. “All the electricity system will be taken,” she added.
In regard to the budget, Qureshi said the project will cost of around Rs289 million whereas work on Sonehri Mosque would require Rs20 million. The Agha Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) will be the technical partners for this project and it is expected to be completed in a year and a half.
“In the previous phase of this project, the WCLA finished restoration work from Delhi Gate to Purani Kotwali Chowk and on the same pattern, the work will be commenced on the package 4. The package 1 was from Delhi Gate to Chowk Kotwali, the package 2 was from Chowk Kotwali to Masti Gate via Dabbi Bazaar and this is the package 4 now while package 3 will be carried out later which includes the waterworks,” she added.
The Director-General (DG) WCLA Kamran Lashari believes that this work is imperative to restore the old city’s precious beauty and for the provision of new infrastructure to the local community. “Historical and old buildings play a prominent role in highlighting a country’s social and cultural image. Buildings and local community both should be the beneficiaries,” he said.