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Old August 18th, 2014, 11:30 PM   #121
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Synergy | Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan & Norway to assist Walled City of Lahore Authority to renovate Masjid Wazir Khan
Recently a delegation of Norwegian embassy headed by its Ambassador visited Masjid Wazir Khan and signed a MoU with the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) and Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) for restoration and renovation of the monument.


By Ali Raza for The News – International. Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The project also envisages restoration of Chowk Wazir Khan, a precisely designed urban open space, which is now lost to the encroachments stated above and to a host of inimical activities taking place in it (inappropriate steel fabrication, parking, unnecessary construction and reconstruction around other historic elements etc.), the ability of the citizenry to enjoy fully the spiritual and aesthetic benefit of a high value object from a religious as well as urban, architectural and art historical points of view.

Tanya Qureshi of the WCLA said the authority will facilitate the implementation of projects by providing full access to the mosque to AKCSP and provides assistance. She said since 400 years of existence, the street surface around it had gradually risen by almost two meters from the original street surface. This will be restored as the WCLA had already cleared 73 permanent encroachments from and around the site.

The Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)

Under the MoU, the scope of work included immediate restoration of 75 m long Northern Façade of the mosque including fully exposing facade which has been buried over due to successive raising of street level over the centuries by providing a retaining wall and lowering the street level in a narrow stretch along the mosque façade, repairs to facades and hujras, providing doors to repaired hujras, providing handrails, footpaths and access steps along the retaining wall and provision of rainwater drainage arrangements.

Sources said the estimated cost of renovation to secure northern façade is around Rs 11,989,500, which will be provided by Norwegian Embassy to AKCSP.

The Challenge

Sources maintained that Masjid Wazir Khan is facing serious threats due to indifferent management, lack of technical and financial resources, improper and inadequate conservation and needs immediate measures for renovation, preservation and conservation.

The mosque suffers from several instances of structural failure, a special report prepared by the WCLA revealed. It claimed that the serious threats being faced by the mosque are manifested in the leaning out of the four minarets, in the resultant structural cracks induced in the structure of the prayer chamber, in cracks caused by subsidence of southern flank of the courtyard due to water ingress from badly sited and maintained ablution and toilet facilities, from the prevention of the egress of water from roof tops, particularly because of the houses built against and on the top of the southern wall of the monument.

About the Masjid Wazir Khan

Masjid Wazir Khan (Wazir Khan Mosque) was built in 1634-35 AD (1044-45 AH), by Hakim Aliuddin, subedar (governor) of the Punjab from 1632-1639 in the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. They said it was the largest mosque in Lahore at that time, with the Badshahi Masjid construction still fifty years away while superseding the Begum Shahi Mosque built in 1614 AD (1023 AH).

Wazir Khan Mosque is rectangular, with the four imposing minarets defining the corners of the main courtyard. The prayer chamber, courtyard, hujras, vestibule and bazaar constitute the main elements. The courtyard is flanked on the northern and southern side with 28 hujras and two pavilions facing each other across the width of the courtyard. An important feature of the entrance system of the mosque is a Calligrapher’s Bazaar that crosses the axis of entrance at a right angle, and is marked at this crossing with a large dewhri and a dome atop the same.

The mosque has a singular outstanding attribute that places it in the frontline of the major monuments of the world-the profuse architectural decorations that embellish its exterior and interior surfaces. The most predominant feature of the exterior of the mosque is its kashikari (glazed-tile mosaic work), known for its richness and the range of its artistic and technical breadth.

Via Norway to help renovate Masjid Wazir Khan – thenews.com.pk

About the Walled City of Lahore Authority

In the April 2012, the Government of Punjab passed the Walled City of Lahore Authority ACT and declared the Walled City of Lahore as an autonomous body to run the functions of the entire Walled City of Lahore.

Donors & Partners

The World Bank is the donor of SDWCLP. A loan agreement was signed between the Government of Punjab and the World Bank in June 2006, in which US$ 6.0 million was diverted from the World Bank credit for the Punjab Urban Development Sector.

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

AKTC ImageThe Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalization of communities in the Muslim world. It includes the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the on-line resource ArchNet.org and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Museums & Exhibitions unit coordinates the development of a number of museum and exhibition projects.

AKDN’s programme in Pakistan is, in experiential terms, the most studied development programme in the Network. Many of the methods employed elsewhere by AKDN agencies, and replicated by other NGOs and governments, were tried first and then refined in Pakistan. AKDN’s earliest coordinated area development programme included community mobilisation, infrastructure development, microfinance lending and savings, agricultural programmes that encompass land reclamation, irrigation and forestry, curative health care, preventive community health schemes and world-class medical training, education from pre-primary to postgraduate levels, the introduction of clean-water supplies and sanitation facilities, the construction of mini hydro-electric plants in remote communities, and the restoration of historic buildings, monuments and housing. Activities are largely concentrated in the mountainous Northern Areas, North West Frontier (Chitral) and Baltistan provinces as well as in the Punjab, Baluchistan and Sind provinces.

Acknowledging the vast experience of AKTC, the government of Punjab in 2007, signed a Public Private Partnership with AKTC for getting their technical assistance in the Pilot Urban and Rehabilitation Project (Delhi Gate to Masti Gate).

The AKTC team helped in conducting several researches and studies, which laid the foundations of façade and infrastructure work. All the technical designs, being followed in the implementation of Pilot Project Package -1 have been prepared by AKTC.

In July 2012, the AKTC packed up the office from Lahore, but in January 2013, they were requested again to join the SDWCL project with their technical assistance. A MoU was signed on 18th April 2013 and AKTC was back.

AKTC is supporting the Walled City Authority in all the technical matters in terms of restoration and conservation work being carried out on the Royal Trail.
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80pc of Shahi Hamam’s restoration completed

The Norwegian finance assistance and the Aga Khan Trust’s technical guidance have made the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) complete about 80pc restoration work of the Shahi Hamam (Royal Bath) and adjacent rich heritage buildings near Delhi Gate.

The work was launched after the Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad approved funds of Rs600 million for the project.

Since the funds allocated earlier were supposed to be spent on the Shahi Hamam, the WCLA wanted to extend the project with funds worth Rs17.5m. It prepared another proposal sometime ago and sought restoration of 17 rooms (Hujras) of Masjid Wazir Khan.

“We wanted to extend this project to restore other heritage sites, we asked the Norwegian Embassy to fund Rs17.5m in this regard. We moved another proposal seeking restoration of 17 Hujras of Wazir Khan Mosque for Rs12m. These were also accepted by the donor,” explains WCLA Director (Administration) Shahid Mahmood.

To mature the aforementioned proposals, a team of the donors, led by the Norwegian ambassador, visited Lahore last week and signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the WCLA team, he said.

Mr Mahmood said the donors were taking interest in the restoration of heritage buildings situated within the territorial jurisdiction of the Walled City. They might fund more other projects being prepared for the restoration/rehabilitation of the select Walled City buildings, he said, adding the work the WCLA was executing with donors’ funds included façade rehabilitation and infrastructure development at various spots of the Walled City.

On the other hand, Shahid Mahmood said, the Punjab government had also approved proposals related to package-2, 3 and 4 of the main Walled City project and acquisition of a couple of Havelies (old houses).

“Under package-2, 3, 4 worth Rs1,703m, we plan to restore buildings of rich heritage from Kotwali Chowk to Masti Gate, Akbari Gate and Rim Market. And under the second proposal worth Rs751m, we want to acquire a couple of Havelies that will be restored and later used for various cultural activities,” he added.

Mr Mehmood said a grant of Rs751m to acquire Havelies was also received to WCLA last week while the main proposal worth Rs1,703m had also been accepted by the government. The WCLA would soon receive this money too from the government.

The City District Government of Lahore (CDGL) is required to constitute a special team to thoroughly visit the Badami Bagh Truck Stand/Terminal and resolve various issues of the goods transporters. At present, the transporters have various issues with the top officials dealing with the affairs of the terminal.

“We are really in trouble as we are being harassed in the name of illegal encroachment and parking, etc,” says Muhammad Yasir, an office-bearer of the goods transporters association. He also complained against the behaviour of the Badami Bagh terminal administrator and some other officials.

“Their behaviour is rude. Sometime they come and shout for removing the parked trucks, etc. Recently, they got possession of a drivers’ restroom from us unnecessarily, terming it unlawful,” he deplored.

He demanded the government either shift the terminal to some other place or at least ensure availability of requisite facilities

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Heritage tourism: Feasibility report for Walled City trail restoration ready



LAHORE:
The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) Marketing and Tourism Director Asif Zaheer said on Saturday that the authority had submitted a feasibility report (PC-II) to the Planning and Development Department regarding infrastructural improvement and facade rehabilitation in the Bhati Gate-Mori Gate-Pani Wala Talaab area.

As many as 421 streets, 4735 houses and 70 other buildings would be restored under the project. These include the Naqsh School of Art, the Fakir Khana Museum, Haveli Wajid Ali Shah, Haveli Mubarak Begum, Qamar Manzil, Allama Iqbal’s house and the Oonchi Masjid (High Mosque). Speaking to The Express Tribune, Deputy Director Tanya Qureshi said the project would be completed in two years after the proposal was approved. Qureshi said the authority had decided to restore the trail to provide better services to visitors. Zaheer said façades of all buildings in the area would be restored to provide the visitors with a unique experience. He said the initiative would enable them to see the eclectic architecture of the area and sample the rich cultural life of the city.


Zaheer said improving and developing infrastructure in the area was another objective of the project. The electricity supply, sewage, water supply, and telecommunications lines were all dilapidated.
He said similar work had been carried out earlier in the Delhi Gate-Kotwali Chowk area in the Pilot Project-1. He said the authority was trying to ensure that the initiative was sustainable by encouraging the residents of the area to participate.
Director-General Kamran Lashari said cultural heritage was inherently linked to social life. He said it was unfortunate that the built heritage in the area had deteriorated over time. Lashari said the living standards of the residents of the Walled City had also declined gradually.
He said the overarching goal of the project was to restore the area to its past glory.
Lashari said the authority’s recent initiatives had improved the ambience of the area somewhat by revamping infrastructure and public service delivery and reducing traffic congestion. He said the Bhati Gate area could become a popular tourist trail.
Zakir Islam, a resident of Bhati Gate, said living conditions in the area were squalid. He said the area would become more attractive if the authority restored it like Delhi Gate. Islam said the area had been long neglected.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 26th, 2014.
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A unique cultural festival to celebrate spring in the Walled City brings Lahore’s glorious past to life


The culturally rich and vibrant city of Lahore, known for its fairs and festivals, has lost its colours over time. It got an opportunity to relive the past and enjoy the cultural activities the historic city is known for — in the form of Jashn-e-ShahiGuzargah, or Royal Trail Festival, organised by the Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA) from February 20 to February 22.
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