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Old June 25th, 2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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LAHORE | Sustainable Development of Walled City of Lahore project

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To revitalize the Walled City into a culturally rich, socially cohesive, environmentally safe and economically vibrant locality of metropolitan Lahore.

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The selected area for restoration work in the Pilot Project is known as “The Royal trail” or “Shahi Guzargah”) which is 1.6 km long street from the Delhi Gate to the Masti Gate. There are approximately 3800 commercial units in this locality, out of which 955 are situated directly at the Shahi Guzargah. In addition to that, there are 2490 housing units located in the area. The overall population of the Walled City Lahore is estimated around 0.4 million.
The Trail was used by the Mughal Emperors on arrival from Delhi, to reach the Badshahi Mosque, crossing through the Walled City. This track named as “The Royal Trail” or “Shahi Guzargah” has been divided into five segments which are:
Delhi Gate
Masjid Wazir Khan
Baoli Bagh
Akbari Gate to the Fort
The Triangle
The Royal Trail is a densely populated area with flourishing business of all types. The street along with historic importance is also known for the architectural monuments present on it. The monuments include the Shahi Hamam, Masjid Wazir Khan, Sonehri Mosque, Baoli Bagh, Maryam Zamani Mosque and many other culturally and historically rich buildings.
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Fascinating labyrinth of the Walled City of Lahore is colorful, festive and mysterious. Throughout history, it remained a centre of power and hub of cultural excellence. It was an important town during early local Hindu fiefdoms and a city par excellence in the times of Afghan Rulers, Mughal Emperors, Sikh Monarchs and British colonizers. This golden land of dreams and legendry tales attracted visitors, traders, historian and scholars from different parts of the world. Lahore possesses remarkable foot prints of history in the form of gigantic and majestic monuments like Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Masjid Wazir Khan and decorated facades of its’ Havelis and houses.
The traces of early history of Lahore could only be found in tales and folk-lore, whereas no historical account is available in the history books and travelogues. The archeological investigations have not yet unearthed any evidence to throw light on early history of Lahore. Some tales and folk-lore narrates a story that the city was founded by the legendary Hindu Mythological figure Ram Chandar’s son Loh, but no historical account is available to testify this myth. There is no mention of Lahore as a prominent city is available, when Alexander’s Macedonian forces traversed Punjab after defeating Raja Porus at the banks of River Jhelum.
The chronological historic account of Lahore as a city, a metropolis or a center of power could be pieced together by following the trail of Muslim conquests, their occupations and establishment of their kingdoms. This chronological historic tree starts from 998 A.D. when Mehmood Ghaznavi defeated local Hindu monarch Jai Pal and after successive attacks. History presents him as the founder of present day Lahore.
Present day Walled City still possess some of the original structures of Mughal and colonial period. Most of the others have either been modified or extinct. The city life has also been influenced by rapid trade growth in area. The entire commercial district of Lahore situate in and around the Walled City of Lahore. This has affected the population strata. The residential population is rapidly replaced by shops, godowns, workshops. The houses are now being occupied by the skilled labour associated with this commercial activity, instead of the permanent occupants who shift to other areas to attain better living standards.
This glorious city is under an enormous threat due to unplanned urbanization, environmental pollution and excessive trade activity. City which was famous for its cultural life seldom witness its age old tradition of music, poetry rendering and festive atmosphere of its market places. A number of efforts have been made to rejuvenate the old festive life of Lahore. The Lahorians have always been concerned about this ongoing tragedy with their beloved city.
To restore the original fabric of the Walled City, Government of Punjab initiated a Project “Sustainable Development of Walled City Lahore” in 2006 with the World Bank’s funding. The project was established under the Planning and Development Board (P&D).
The objective of this Project is to preserve the Culture and Heritage along with providing the modern living facilities to the residents of the Walled City of Lahore. The project also aspires to promote the tourism and economic potential of the Walled City of Lahore.
A Public Private Partnership was signed with Aga Khan Trust for Culture in 2007. Different pre-requisite studies were carried out in the planning phase which includes GIS, Topographical Survey, Socio-Economic Survey, Water Quality Survey etc. The working teams of the PMU-SDWCL decided to launch the Pilot Project in the first phase.
The Pilot Project envisages the creation of 1.6 km long heritage trail (Shahi Guzargah) that leads from Delhi Gate to Masti Gate. The royal trail connects along many of the heritage monuments like Shahi Hamam, Masjid Wazir Khan, Sonehri Masjid and Begum Shahi Masjid.
Package- 1 was marked out of the Royal Trail which is from Delhi Gate to Chowk Purani Kotwali. This Pilot Project Package -1 entails complete restoration and renovation of the entire built heritage, as well as all the urban infrastructure and general services like electricity, gas, telecommunication and water sewerage systems. The total cost for the Pilot Project Package -1 (Delhi Gate to Chowk Kotwali) is Rs.1359.778 million , out of which Rs. 724.518 are allocated for Urban Rehabilitation and Infrastructure Improvement. The project has 49% Government of Punjab and 51% World Bank share. A total number of 57 streets and main Royal Trail starting from Delhi Gate up till Chowk Kotwali will be restored in this first phase.
To implement the work in Package 1, a Resettlement Action Plan was devised to compensate the dislocated encroachers, shopkeepers, daily vendors and sellers. This plan was devised after several surveys and was implemented with the approval of Government of Punjab and the World Bank. Total amount of Rs. 14.00 million has been allocated for removing the encroachers and paying them suitable compensations.
Along with conservation and restoration works, the PMU is also working on community development, education and behavioral change through different campaigns. Awareness sessions and campaigns on heritage, different diseases and solid waste management are regularly held in the community. The Communication Wing also organizes tours for visitors from Greater Lahore for exploring the culture and heritage. These activities are held important to bring sustainability in the Project.
The package-1 will be completed in June 2013.
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Sustainable Development of Walled City Lahore

This is quite a huge project and was very much needed, began in 2006 and is going at a slow pace BUT going according to schedule.





To restore the original fabric of the Walled City, Government of Punjab initiated a Project “Sustainable Development of Walled City Lahore” in 2006 with the World Bank’s funding. The project was established under the Planning and Development Board (P&D).

The objective of this Project is to preserve the Culture and Heritage along with providing the modern living facilities to the residents of the Walled City of Lahore. The project also aspires to promote the tourism and economic potential of the Walled City of Lahore.

A Public Private Partnership was signed with Aga Khan Trust for Culture in 2007. Different pre-requisite studies were carried out in the planning phase which includes GIS, Topographical Survey, Socio-Economic Survey, Water Quality Survey etc. The working teams of the PMU-SDWCL decided to launch the Pilot Project in the first phase.

The Pilot Project envisages the creation of 1.6 km long heritage trail (Shahi Guzargah) that leads from Delhi Gate to Masti Gate. The royal trail connects along many of the heritage monuments like Shahi Hamam, Masjid Wazir Khan, Sonehri Masjid and Begum Shahi Masjid.

Package- 1 was marked out of the Royal Trail which is from Delhi Gate to Chowk Purani Kotwali. This Pilot Project Package -1 entails complete restoration and renovation of the entire built heritage, as well as all the urban infrastructure and general services like electricity, gas, telecommunication and water sewerage systems. The total cost for the Pilot Project Package -1 (Delhi Gate to Chowk Kotwali) is Rs.1359.778 million , out of which Rs. 724.518 are allocated for Urban Rehabilitation and Infrastructure Improvement. The project has 49% Government of Punjab and 51% World Bank share. A total number of 57 streets and main Royal Trail starting from Delhi Gate up till Chowk Kotwali will be restored in this first phase.

To implement the work in Package 1, a Resettlement Action Plan was devised to compensate the dislocated encroachers, shopkeepers, daily vendors and sellers. This plan was devised after several surveys and was implemented with the approval of Government of Punjab and the World Bank. Total amount of Rs. 14.00 million has been allocated for removing the encroachers and paying them suitable compensations.

Along with conservation and restoration works, the PMU is also working on community development, education and behavioral change through different campaigns. Awareness sessions and campaigns on heritage, different diseases and solid waste management are regularly held in the community. The Communication Wing also organizes tours for visitors from Greater Lahore for exploring the culture and heritage. These activities are held important to bring sustainability in the Project.

The package-1 will be completed in June 2013.






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Demonstartion Project

Mohammadi Mohallah

Muhammadi Muhallah was declared a Demonstration Project to examine and evaluate the methodologies and techniques to be employed in the main bulk project. Mohammadi Muhallah, located inside Delhi Gate Lahore, is a small neighborhood thickly populated and congested, occupying the main street and a group of five tributary streets taking off from the main street, all with dead ends. Total number of houses in Mohammadi Mohallah is 33 with one Mosque. The work started on 12th February 2011. The total estimated cost for this demonstration project was Rs. 14.7 million.


The Urban Rehabilitation and Infrastructure work in Mohammadi Mohallah started in two phases. Phase I involved community mobilization and Phase II was the Infrastructure work. The social mobilization team of the PMU-SDWCL paved the way for the technical teams to start their work on site with the support of the residents. After the success of social mobilization team, the infrastructure / technical teams moved in to start façade improvement and infrastructure work.


Social Mobilization Component played an important role in community mobilization and grievance redressal. The team formed male and female CBOs and activist groups in the Demonstration Project Area. These CBOs and activist groups were involved in the process of mitigating community issues before the implementation started. The team informed the community of the project’s scope and works to be carried out in the Demonstration Project Area and main bulk Project.


As per the current status of work, 95% of Infrastructure and 85% of Urban Rehabilitation work has been completed in Mohammadi Mohallah.



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RESTORATION WORK IN PROGRESS ON THE ROYAL TRAIL INSIDE DELHI GATE LAHORE









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The Shahi Hamam

Shahi Hamam also known as Wazir Khan Hamam was built by Wazir Khan in 1633 A.D. who lived during the era of Shah Jehan. His real name was Sheikh Ilmmudin Ansari, and he belonged to Chiniot. The Hamam was built for Jahangir’s Queen so that she and her family could have steam and hot baths.

The Hamam had 21 rooms, eight with marble pools were used for fresh water baths, other eight were for hot water baths, while five rooms were steam baths which were built on the style of Turkish baths. The walls and roofs had exquisite floral paintings, while the roof centers had natural light openings. Along the sides water ran in cascading fashion in specially designed sitting areas. There were special rooms where the bathers would lavish themselves and servants would scrub and oil them to enhance their beauty. On one side the water would pass through a series of revolving brass pipes, under which log fires would heat them. A portion of the water also flowed towards another sets of brass pipes, under which fires would convert them into steam.

The Hamam had a special ‘female sections’ which also had similar facilities, managed by special female staff. The heating chambers and the water pumping section were destroyed in the initial days of Sikh rule. The British did not bother much to redeem them. Instead, they fitted in the bathing and swimming pools to convert them into living quarters. The Hamam was neglected and left to be ruined after the fall of the Mughal Empire.

In the initial rule of Nawaz Sharif year 1991, an attempt was made to restore the Hamam, but the damage had been so extensive, that unless a massive investment was made, there seemed no hope of it being restored. Since then many plans were prepared to restore Shahi Hamam. Much of Shahi Hamam’s exterior had been encroached upon. Many damages had been made to the interior such as the floor of Shahi Hamam had been repaired many times in an effort to equalize it with the outer side due to which original floor and fountains were buried beneath. Moreover the seepage had caused disaster to the walls and fresco work on the walls.

SDWCLP , as per the resettlement action plan , has taken a bold step to remove all the encroachments made around Shahi Hamam. Documentation of Shahi Hamam is in Progress while the following is in the future plan:

• To repair the decayed parts of northern and western sides of Shahi Hamam with standard size bricks.
• Repair work of Western parapet and its pointing.
• Repair work of three northern cells of Shahi Hamam and digging out the original floor.

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Wazir Khan Mosque
he Wazir Khan Mosque (Punjabi/Urdu: مسجد وزیر خان Masjid Wazīr Khān) in Lahore, Pakistan, is famous for its extensive faience tile work. It has been described as 'a mole on the cheek of Lahore'. It was built in seven years, starting around 1634–1635 AD, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. It was built by Hakim Shaikh Ilm-ud-din Ansari, a native of Chiniot, who rose to be the court physician to Shah Jahan and a governor of Lahore. He was commonly known as Wazir Khan, a popular title bestowed upon him (the word Wazir means 'minister' in Urdu and Persian). The mosque is inside the Inner City and is easiest accessed from Delhi Gate. The mosque contains some of the finest examples of Qashani tile work from the Mughal period.
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One of the side bazaars located in Masjid Wazir Khan



View of Wazir Khan Mosque - Lahore c. 1895





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Suneri Mosque
The Suneri Mosque or Golden Mosque is located in the centre of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The founder of the mosque was Nawab Syed Bhikari Khan, son of Raushan-ud-Daula Turrabaz Khan, deputy governor of Lahore during the reign of Muhammad Shah and the viceroyalty of Mir Noin-ul-Malik. The Golden Mosque is situated in the Kashmiri Bazaar. It was built in 1753 and features three beautiful golden domes. The mosque is elevated on a higher plinth, surrounded by old bazaars. It has a beautiful gateway, which measures 21.3 metres in length and a courtyard that measures 161.5 by 160.6 metres (530 ft × 527 ft). The marble domes cover seven prayer chambers. Four lofty minarets stand at the four corners of the mosque, each with an outer circumference of 20 metres (66 ft), soaring up to 54 metres (177 ft).
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Streets being re-done in Package-I:

Sabeel Wali Gali, Phoolon Wali Gali, Gali Surjan Singh, Huqay Wali Gali, Kocche Ch. Muhammad Sadiq, Katra Jawala Singh, Koochi Qasaban, Koocha Darziah, Koocha Pir Baksh, Koocho Ghungro Sazaan, Gali Goal Pahalwan and Koocha Tailyaan.


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Mohammed Jahangir can remember when his friends ran through the streets of the famous Walled City of Lahore, racing past the mosques and through the markets. Then came long decades when even walking through its streets, choked by illegal construction, was hard.

Now, a pioneering new restoration project has allowed the 80-year-old to glimpse once more the city of his childhood.

"I can't really run about any longer but at least my grandchildren can," Jahangir said.

A string of conquerors, notably the Mughals, built the mosques, fortifications, roads and palaces which, by the 18th century, had turned Lahore, once a trading town on a branch of the silk route, into a stunning demonstration of imperial prestige.

The Walled City's gardens and squares are now obscured by illegal shops and businesses, the skyline cluttered by unplanned tenements and bundles of cables. For many of the 200,000 inhabitants crammed into these four square kilometres, a fraction of Lahore's seven million population, drinking water is a rarity. Levels of crime are high, rates of literacy low.

But last month the new Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) – in effect an independent town council – met for the first time. The body oversees the ambitious plan to restore the past glory. of the city's oldest neighbourhood.

As ever in Pakistan, this is less simple than it might sound. The new authority will have to take on local mafias and win over local people to succeed. Many previous efforts have failed. "Nothing like this has been tried anywhere in the world as far as we know. Nowhere is a city itself a living monument," said Shahid Durrani, a director of the WCLA.

Six months ago, work started in the narrow lanes leading to the Wazir Khan mosque from the Delhi Gate, from where the royal road once led to the current capital of India, 350 miles away and then the main seat of the Mughal emperors.

The gate, an imposing 8m-high brick, mortar and plaster structure, has been cleared of hoardings, illegal extensions and squatting stallholders.

Much of the £22m budget for the project has come from the World Bank. Some of the work, such as the restoration of the intricately decorated public baths adjacent to the Delhi Gate, is dramatic. The replacement of outworn sewers and the burial of dangerous, unsightly overhead cables is more mundane.

"Social mobilisation has been the key," said Ahmas Bentarik, a sociologist who runs the WCLA's effort to win the consent of the local community for the project. "The aim is not to create a museum. Here we have to tackle all issues."

The biggest resistance has come from the business community.

"They want a big mall, a commercial plaza," Bentarik said. "We've told them that if facilities are built here, people will come to shop here."

In front of the newly cleared Delhi Gate last week, a very south Asian mix of donkey carts, rickshaws, shoppers, spice vendors and cars fought for space.

Many stallholders are unhappy at the restoration, claiming they have been inadequately compensated for losing their prime positions on the street.

"Of course we know that we don't own the land but our grandfathers had stalls here before independence [in 1947] and the government has never bothered us before," said Ajam Riaz, 48.

Other problems come from the powerful and wealthy businessmen who buy up and demolish dilapidated old homes, often centuries old, to build shops and apartments. One reason for creating the new authority is that it sidelines local officials, who have a reputation for taking bribes from the "commercial mafia".

Eventually tourists may come, backers of the scheme hope. Lahore was once a significant draw for overseas visitors. But now Pakistan's reputation as violence-prone puts off many.

The four kilometres of battlements that gave the Walled City its name were largely demolished by the British following the rebellion against their rule in India in 1857. There are no plans to rebuild them. A short remaining stretch will be restored but nothing more, said Bentarik.

For Mohammed Jahangir, it is enough that the carved frames and pierced terracotta screens around the windows in his 19th-century home, built during the rule of the powerful Sikh king Ranjit Singh, have been restored. He is teaching his granddaughter to read by the light filtering down from the gap between the close packed houses, high above. "She is reading to me, just like I read to my grandfather, here in this house, in this room," he says.

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Restoration work: Walled City to have internet presence



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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