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Old August 8th, 2013, 01:43 AM   #41
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Saving Lahore’s fabled walled city[/SIZE]
AFFAN CHOWDHRY
LAHORE — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Aug. 11 2013, 9:16 PM EDT
Last updated Sunday, Aug. 11 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

Down the muddy monsoon-soaked path and through the towering red brick Delhi Gate of Lahore’s fabled walled city, there is an ambitious project to turn back decades of neglect and unchecked commercialization and save the city’s remaining treasures.

The area is abuzz with labourers digging up the roads. Already, workers for the conservation project have demolished a cloth market and a line of shops that was built against a 17th-century mosque, damaging its facade and structure.

For a city more than 1,000 years old, a powerful conservation effort of this kind – backed by political will, money and restoration expertise is critical.

Still, commerce is the walled city’s beating heart, and for residents and merchants, history is getting in the way of immediate need.

Haji Abdul Aziz, president of the Delhi Gate merchants association, says the restoration work has clogged market areas. “There has been lots of damage to business. The roads are closed. Where are the customers going to come from?” said Mr. Aziz, who runs a fabric shop.

The first phase of the $7-million Pakistani-led conservation project will restore a 1.6-kilometre section of the Royal Trail beginning at Delhi Gate. Once used by royalty and their courtiers as they entered the capital of the Mughal empire, the road is a muddy jumble of tea and food stalls, electrical cables, and zigzagging motorcycles. Rows of shops line the road, selling children’s clothing, dyes, tobacco and raw fabric.

If the heritage project is to succeed, the walled city’s traders will have to give up dreams of expanding their businesses. Unplanned – and often illegal – commercial activity means that half of the walled city is now used by businesses and markets compared to 25 per cent in 1987.

“Every day for one reason or the other, because of either age and decay or because of commercial reasons, those [heritage] buildings are getting less in number,” said Kamran Lashari, head of the Walled City of Lahore Authority, which was created by the Punjab government last year to run the 2.6-square-kilometre area and restore it.

With the help of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Authority has identified about 2,000 structures as having historical significance.

Masood Khan, senior architect and planner with the Aga Khan Trust, said residents of Lahore, a city of 10 million, experience a “cultural amnesia” when it comes to the old city – forgetting that it was once the centre of power and culture until the 19th century when British colonial rule established institutions outside the walled city.

While most of the culture of the walled city has disappeared, not all is lost, he said.

“Despite all the spoilage, the defacement and dismemberment of the physical artifact that was the walled city, the intangible aspects of our culture continue to survive with vigour actually – some aspects like cuisine,” said Mr. Khan. “You have 16 different kinds of breakfast you can have in the walled city.”

Trying to assess which of the walled city’s buildings have architectural merit has led to some surprises. It is important not judge a building by its facade alone, Mr. Khan said.

One building that initially did not make the list was, in fact, a treasure. “It is only when you enter the building, you enter the courtyard … that you find that there’s this wonderful late 18th-century haveli [mansion].”
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Lahore Going Back To Its Old Ways
By Irfan Ahmed



LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug 11 2013 (IPS) - Zahid Husain, 25, is a salesman in the Pakistan city Lahore. He sits idly on the pavement of a clothes shop and plays a game on his cell phone, oblivious to the changes in the city all around him.

The road to the shop is closed to motorised traffic. Structures are being demolished, and there is digging and construction all over the place. The shop, which was busy with customers, is half-closed and unlit. Husain switches the lights on only when someone arrives, to save on electricity.

But business is down in this historic part of the city only because it is being revived. The walled city as it is called because this was once the fortified centre, has been picked for rehabilitation and conservation under a multi-donor programme.

Many local people are not impressed. “I think they have excess funds which they want to spend on this area’s development,” Zahid tells IPS. He is not happy about the loss of customers.

"People badly need this because they are known in the world for all the wrong reasons."
Tariq Ali, 35, from a street near Delhi Gate in Lahore hopes the development will free his locality of encroachments, uncontrolled commercialisation, filth dumps and overflowing drains.

“Above all we will preserve our heritage for ages to come,” he says, admitting he does not quite know what that heritage is.

Such ignorance is exactly what this project aims to address, Kamran Lashari, director-general of the Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA), the government body executing the project, tells IPS. “It is not just a project. We are going for overall urban regeneration where locals and tourists will have the feeling of going back into time.”

Facades of buildings in bazaars and adjacent streets are being redone, underground sewerage is being laid, electricity poles removed from streets, modern balconies and doors replaced with traditional ones, and streets paved with tiles like those used centuries ago.

There will be the traditional cultural festivals, pigeon-flying contests, wrestling bouts, cuisine, handicraft shops, and displays of the older lifestyle.

The ultimate goal of this ambitious project is to create a sense of pride and collective ownership of national heritage, Lashari says. People badly need this because they are known in the world for all the wrong reasons, he says.

The World Bank and the government of Punjab province have contributed 700 million Pakistani rupees (seven million dollars) each for the first phase of the project, to be completed in November this year. The Agha Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is providing technical assistance and consultancy. The trust promotes physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of people and places in the Muslim world.

All encroachments around historic monuments are being removed. Squatters were paid compensation at the rate of Rs 10,000 (100 dollars) per square foot to vacate properties.

The walled city is an area of 2.56 square kilometres and is home to historic monuments such as the Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore Fort, the Wazir Khan Mosque and the Shahi Hamam.

The old city has existed for many centuries. It saw a major development during the reign of Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar who made Lahore his headquarters in the years 1584 to 1598. “It was he who built and fortified the wall around this settlement,” Aijaz Anwar, conservationist and professor at the National College of Arts in Lahore, tells IPS. “The project will revive the city of Akbar’s era.”

But residents do have reservations and need to be convinced, Rana Muhammad Azam from Qavi Engineers, the company hired to carry out the project tells IPS. Social mobilisers have been deployed to convince people about the importance of the project.

Residents will be given economic stakes in this prospective tourist site, Lashari says. Beyond that, what good it offers to a nation torn apart by terrorism and extremism will become obvious by the year-end, he says.
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hope that all the cities of pakistan and the neighbor countries start to do the same
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Reviving heritage: Taxali and Shah Alam Gates to be rebuilt


A view of Lohari Gate in Lahore. PHOTO: FILE.
LAHORE:
The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has proposed the reconstruction of Taxali Gate and Shah Alam Gate.

The cost of the project is estimated at Rs156 million. It is expected to be completed in one year. Funds for the project will be raised through public-private partnership and sponsors.

The Walled City had 13 gates; Akbari Gate, Bhati Gate, Delhi Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Lohari Gate, Masti Gate, Mochi Gate, Mori Gate, Roshnai Gate, Shah Alam Gate, Shairanwala Gate, Taxali Gate, and Yakki Gate. All of these gates survived until the 19th century. In 1857, the British demolished almost all of the gates except Roshnai Gate after the Siege of Delhi. Some were rebuilt in simple structures, except for Delhi Gate and Lohari Gate.

Shah Alam Gate burnt to ground during the riots of 1947 while Akbari Gate was demolished for repairs but never built again.

Today, out of 13, only Bhati Gate, Delhi Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Lohari Gate, Roshnai Gate, Mochi Gate and Shairanwala Gate survive.

WCLA heritage expert Talib Hussain says, “Shah Alam Gate was named after the son and Aurangzeb’s successor, Muazzam Shah Alam Bahadur Shah.

This gate was formerly called the Bherwala Gate. During the partition riots in 1947, it was burnt to ashes. Taxali Gate had been demolished due to illegal construction and encroachments.”

“Our research shows that the architecture of all gates built by the Mughals resembles Roshnai Gate and we are planning to replicate it.”

He said the WCLA will remove encroachments.

WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari said, “The primary objective of the proposed reconstruction of the Taxali and Shah Alam Gates is to revive the Walled City of Lahore.,” he said

Lashari told The Express Tribune that work would be undertaken in five stages over a period of one year.

He said the first stage of the project involved documentation and analysis involving extensive investigations over a period of 15 days.

The second stage, he said, was removal of encroachments and initiating a resettlement action plan within a month.

The third stage, he said, involved recreating the paths leading to and from the gates.

He said the fourth stage involved construction of the gate over a period of ten months.

He said the fifth and final stage would involve usage of the gates as access points for traffic and tourists.

Lashari said WCLA would ensure funds generated from the reconstructing Shah Alam Gate and Taxali Gate would be used exclusively for the upkeep, maintenance and operations of the gates.

He said separate accounts would be opened for this purpose to give exclusivity and autonomy to the administration of both the gates.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2013.
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just to give you idea how final product will look like.It is fort road Food street opened last year.part of walled city

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just to give you idea how final product will look like.It is fort road Food street opened last year.part of walled city

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This lofty Haveli is reckoned among the most magnificent buildings of the city of Lahore. It was built by Nau Nihal Singh, son of Maharaja Kharak Singh as his private residence. It contains numerous spacious chambers, halls and balconies. The ceilings are decorated with paintings and mirrors, and are worked in gold. The walls are richly and tastefully ornamented with glasses and painted flowers. The Haveli was taken over by the British Government when Punjab was annexed in 1849 and converted into the first public school for girls. The back side is richly decorated with stucco carving.
Some Photos from recent photo walk of walled city held by WCLA:







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Source:lahorephotographyclubhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/laho...6802735360308/

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Some more.
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