Lahore: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) and the Aga Khan Culture Service Pakistan (AKCSP) have signed a collaboration agreement for the implementation of the project “Heritage and Urban Regeneration: Tourism Development in Lahore Fort and its Buffer Zone.”
The five-year agreement was signed to repair the Lahore Fort’s environs and turn it into a tourist attraction. Encroachments around the historic structure must be removed.
Tourists will also be able to see the Mariam Zamani Mosque, which is currently obscured by encroachments. This project will create a link between the Mariam Zamani Mosque and the Lahore Fort. Under this project, a museum will be built in the Lahore Fort’s basement (summer palace).
According to the agreement, the Punjab government entrusts the AKCSP with the missions of designing and implementing the project through the WCLA. The Punjab government is funding the project activities thanks to a funding arrangement between the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the federal government.
The agreement, according to the WCLA director general, will cover a new phase in the renovation of the Lahore Fort. He remarked, “WCLA and AKCS have completed several successful projects in the Walled City of Lahore, and this will be another landmark.”
According to AKCSP chief executive officer Tauseef Ahmad Khwaja, the agreement will formalise the framework of WCLA and AKCSP’s collaboration for the project’s realisation.