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City Diary: Beautification of Lahore to reflect culture, history and tradition

City Diary: Beautification of Lahore to reflect culture, history and tradition

The divisional administration’s policy to involve the National College of Arts (NCA), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA), Parks and Horticulture Authority and others in planning, designing and executing small pilot schemes for the city’s beautification in view of its natural, cultural, heritage and historical values is a right step in the right direction.

Currently, various spots such as roads and intersections do not reflect the culture, art and history that are recognised locally and internationally.

The administration first took up Dharmpura underpass and Istanbul Chowk and beautified them under a pilot project. Metal reflectors were fixed on the underpass’s ceiling, while a small wooden decorative hut for birds was established at Istanbul Chowk; these sites would be inaugurated soon. Similarly, education institutions and experts were involved in planning and designing model pushcarts that would be distributed among roadside vendors in selected bazaars and markets.

In the second phase of this pilot project, the administration gave a go-ahead last week to the departments concerned to beautify selected roads, especially placement or development of shades at bus stands. According to officials, plans and designs of the shades had been finalised and the second phase would be executed soon.

“After completion of phase 1 of the project, titled ‘Beautification of the Lahore Framework (BLF)’, the task to plan and design bus shades was given to the NCA, UET, WCLA in coordination with the Lahore Transport Company. They recently completed the task,” the commissioner office’s Assistant Commissioner (General) Amna Rafique told Dawn.

She said the planning and designing process had been completed and work to construct bus stand shades would be initiated soon. Initially, the shades would be developed on Allama Iqbal Road in Garhi Shahu, Main Boulevard Gulberg and Maulana Shaukat Ali Road near Jinnah Hospital and Canal Road. Other roads that would have these shelters, according to the administration, included Jail Road, The Mall, Multan Road, Main Boulevard Johar Town, Canal Road, Ravi Road and Ferozepur Road where work would be launched after completion of phase I.

There is also a plan to beautify all entry and exit points of the city, including Thokar Niaz Beg, a spot near Kahna Ferozepur Road, Saggian and a spot near Ravi toll plaza on GT Road and the motorway.

“Planning and design on various things is underway. And the objective behind involving the NCA, UET and all other institutions is to beautify and develop spots that not only reflect Lahore’s significance, but also attract tourists,” the official added.

After increasing number of dengue patients in Rawalpindi, the city district government’s health wing and town municipal administrations have been asked to intensify activities related to dengue surveillance to the maximum level in Lahore.

Last week, there was an important meeting held at the Town Hall, which was attended by senior officials concerned.

“We have been directed to intensify indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance and destructing larvae in all parts of the city,” an official privy to the development told Dawn.

He said the Ravi town administration has been asked to coordinate with the administration of Ferozewala tehsil, Sheikhupura, which touches the city district government’s border from Shahdara while launching such activities.

Similarly Aziz Bhatti town admin has been directed to coordinate with cantonment boards while detecting dengue larvae at border points, the official added. — [email protected]

Published in Dawn, October 27th, 2015

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