Govt working on conservation of heritage buildings: Shafqat

Staff Reporter

Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood on Saturday said that the government was working on plan regarding adaptive reuse of some of the heritage buildings.
He stated this while addressing a function of ‘Visegrad 4 Architectural Foundation (V4AF) + Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) Roundtable on Heritage-Conservation Old Towns and Cities’ here at National College of Arts (NCA).
He said that efforts were being made to carry out audit of each and every heritage besides making its catalogue.
Once audit of built heritage was done,it would be easy to determine that in which areas talent could be utilized to preserve the heritage, he said. The minister said, ‘on behalf of the people of Lahore, i welcome all the delegates and added that we have heritage of ancient Indus Valley civilization like Mohenjo-daro and Harappan civilization’.
He said that many areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Northern areas represent Buddhist Gandhara civilization.
Shafat Mahmood said ‘Lahore city is reflective of heritage and it has some colonial built heritage as well’.
He said ‘we have challenges but heritage needs to be conserved’.
The Minister said it has been decided to open heritage for people besides generating revenue through it, he added.
One can see that a large number of people visited governor houses when they were opened for public.

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