CM meets delegation from Aga Khan Trust for Culture
* Trust signs deal to help Walled City rehabilitation
LAHORE: Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi met a delegation of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) led by its general manager, Luis Monreal, on Monday. He said the government was implementing a programme for the conservation and rehabilitation of heritage sites and a massive project had been started for the rehabilitation of the Walled City.
He said the project, costing Rs 6 billion, would improve infrastructure, social services and the tourism sector. He said that under an agreement with the trust, it would cooperate with the government in study, survey, development planning and providing technical support for this project to be executed under the public-private partnership.
He said that special attention is being paid to avoid inconvenience to the residents of this area in the execution of the rehabilitation project. He said the removal of encroachments would be completed efficiently and the construction work would be initiated within a month. He said alternate sites would be provided to the encroachers to set up their businesses. He said the rehabilitation work of Shahi Hamam and Bauli Bagh would be started soon. He appreciated the cooperation of World Bank and the Agha Khan Trust for Culture in the project.
Monreal said the agreement of cultural cooperation signed with the government had provided a unique opportunity for strategic partnership and would be the first agreement of its kind in the cultural sector. He said trust would establish its office in the city for supervision of the project soon.
He said the project would improve the people’s living standard and promote tourism in the area. He said the Agha Khan Trust for Culture had also undertaken similar projects in Egypt, Syria and various other Islamic countries. He said the project would be completed within the stipulated time. Project Management Unit director general Humayun Farshori said mutual cooperation would be promoted for infrastructure development, urban planning, promotion of economic activities, conservation of museums and several other sectors. He said a committee consisting of representatives of the government and the trust would jointly supervise the project.