ROYAL TRAIL PACKAGE 2
CHOWK KOTWALI TO MASTI GATE VIA KASHMIRI BLOCK
The Walled City of Lahore Authority has completed the package -1 of Royal Trail in 2015. On the same techniques and mechanism the Package- 2 has been started on 15th of August 2015. Following are the details of the Package -2:
- Trail Length : 750 meters
- Streets length: 2428
- of Properties:
- Bazaars: Azam Cloth, Pakistan Cloth , Rim & Moti Bazaars
The project will be completed in three years i.e. August 2018
- Façade Improvement
- Development of Infrastructure Services
(Main roads and lateral streets)
- Water Supply System
- Storm Water Drainage System
- Sewerage System
- Underground Electrical Works
- Telecommunication Underground Services
- Natural Gas Distribution System
DOCUMENTATION OF BHATTI GATE BAZAAR WALLED CITY LAHORE
- The Bhatti Gate is south –western gate of Walled City, it is lies between the Morri Gate on east and the Taxali Gate on the north-west.
- The approach road leading from the gate line up with a stretch of Shahrah-i-Pakistan, south of circular road the Bhatti Gate.
- It was probably named after the tribe of Bhats who settled in this part of the town during the region of Malik Ayyaz and remained there for several centuries.
- The original gate structure was in ruins when it was reconstructed by the British. the new structure was built in a British colonial style totally unlike the original.
- Total length of Bhatti Gate Bazaar 00 m
- Number of street open in Bazaar No
- Total Number of properties is 182
The documentation of all the buildings including the high architecture merit buildings is in process. The technical drawings are being made and the preparation of PC-1 is under process.
The work on ground will start after the approval of the PC-1.
CONSERVATION OF THE NORTHERN WALL OF WAZIR KHAN MOSQUE
The conservation of the Northern wall of Wazir Khan Mosque has been funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy amounting to PKR 20 million. The work is in progress and will be completed by the end of 2015. In this process of conservation, the Hujras of Wazir khan Mosque have been excavated to dig out the actual ground level of the Mosque. Further, the work on Fresco and tile mosaic is also being carried out. The conservation is being done by the Aga Khan Trust for culture and WCLA.
Documentation, Presentation and Promotion of Picture Wall, Lahore Fort
Picture Wall, one of the unique features of the Lahore Fort, is about 1450 feet long with an average height of 50 feet. It forms northern and part of western façade of the Lahore Fort. Embellished with scenic pictures in glazed tiles faience work this massive façade was one of the key characteristics of the fort for inclusion of the Lahore Fort on ‘World Heritage Site’.
The Salient features of this project are:
- Co-funding: Royal Norwegian Embassy has provided funding of PKR 10,963,000 for Documentation, Presentation and Promotion of Picture Wall, Lahore Fort.
- The project will be completed by 30th June 2016.
- The proposed activities will result into development of a formal document for restoration, presentation and promotion of intangible aspects of Lahore Fort. The technical study would comprise of following major activities:
- Conduct survey and documentation of western section (350 ft x 50 ft), using EDM and photo rectification techniques;
- Façade documentation of western part of the Picture Wall which is rich in detailing and carrying out field investigations to study damage pattern.
- Condition survey of western elevation to establish the original construction techniques; later interventions; present condition of materials and causes of decay.
- Conduct physical studies to test original materials used.
CONSERVATION OF THE 17TH CENTURY CHOWK WAZIR KHAN
The Wazir Khan Mosque is of immense importance and a world class monument inside Delhi Gate. the long awaited conservation has begun starting from the conservation of the Wazir Khan Chowk, the main entrance to the Mosque.
For this conservation the US Ambassadors Funds have provided the funding of USD $ 1,120,096. The project will be completed by 31st March 2017.
The project covers lowering of part of the Chowk in front of the Mosque to its historic level, conservation of eastern façade of the Mosque, conservation of Dina Nath’s well located in the Chowk, and conservation of historic houses located at southwestern corner of the Chowk.
PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION OF SEHDARI IN LAHORE FORT
On the eastern side of the Barri Khwabgah inside Jahangir’s Quadrangle is the Sahdari,a pavilion called Sah Dari because it has three (sah) doors (dar). Its architectural style suggests its origin in the Sikh period. It is decorated with fresco paintings and is said to have served as an office of Faqir Syed Noor-ud-din, the trusted Governor of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.The frescos portray floral designs; birds and scenes based on Hindu religious themes and very obviously belong to the Sikh period.
The monument has never been conserve previously. The documentation and technical designs of the monument have been completed by the WCLA Conservation team. The original state needs to be revealed by exploration works to be carried out along with the consequent additions. The conservation of the Sah Dari is in process with an amount of PKR 4045304.