Nearing completion: Greater Iqbal Park to open on Nov 9

History Museum and Heroes Gallery will open on December 25


Our Correspondent September 07, 2016
The Greater Iqbal Park was originally envisioned in 2013 but the project could not be launched due to unavailability of funds. Later, a deadline was announced for June 30 for completion of the project but it was missed. PHOTO: PHA

LAHORE: The provincial government has announced inauguration of the Greater Iqbal Park on November 9 and of the History Museum and Heroes Gallery on December 25.

Lahore Commissioner Abdullah Khan Sumbal said on Wednesday that the chief minister had finalised inauguration dates after reviewing pace of work on the projects. “Though work will be completed well before the inauguration date, the chief minister has allowed some extra time as this is a project of historic significance,” he said. Addressing a project briefing, Greater Iqbal Park Project Director Chaudhry Tahir Sultan said dancing fountains had been installed at the site. He said buggy track and water supply system had been completed.

“Work on the parking area, lakes, fountains, security systems, food courts decorative gates is nearly complete,” he said. He said a soft-wheel train had also been installed.  The meeting was attended by Evacuee Trust Property Board Chairman Siddiqul Farooq, Parks and Horticulture Authority Director General Mian Shakeel Ahmad, Additional Commissioner Usman Khan, Assistant Commissioner Syed Munawar Bukhari and senior officials of the Archaeology Department, the NESPAK and Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LESCO). The Greater Iqbal Park was originally envisioned in 2013 but the project could not be launched due to unavailability of funds. Later, a deadline was announced for June 30 for completion of the project but it was missed.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2016.

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