Lahore: According to press reports, Local Government Secretary Noorul Amin Mengal has granted cash for the renovation of various historic buildings in Lahore. The secretary has set aside PKR 60 million for Bradlaugh Hall’s building, maintenance, and restoration, PKR 90 million for the region between Wazir Khan Mosque and Kucha Shah Hussain’s rehabilitation, and PKR 9 million for Mohabbat Khan’s Garden’s rehabilitation.
The Lahore Walled Authority also announced that the Moti Masjid refurbishment, which cost PKR 10 million and took a year to complete, is now complete and open to tourists.
Furthermore, a Toshakhana (checkroom/treasure room) was unearthed during restoration work on the courtyard of the Moti Masjid in the Shahi Qila. The walls of the Toshakhana, which is eight feet deep and eight feet wide, are similarly covered in rusted iron sheets.
During the Sikh era, the Moti Masjid is thought to have been used as a Moti temple. This freshly discovered toshkhana, according to experts, was built around this time.