The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has placed directional signs at major roads leading to historical sites in the Walled City.
Thirty-two directional signs have been placed at Aik Moria pul, Niazi Chowk, GPO Chowk, city railway station, Allama Iqbal Road, Bohrwala Chowk, Church Chowk, Shimla Pahari, Ring Road, Babu Sabu and Multan Road.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Zamirul Hassan, the WCLA media assistant director, said the directional signboards were designed according to international standards. “We want to draw people’s attention towards historical sites recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),” he said.
Hassan said the Walled City gates had also been given the directional signs.
“The objective of placing directional signs is to facilitate tourists.
It will be easier this way for the visitors to reach the Walled City and also get familiar with the gates,” said Hassan.
He said the WCLA would place more directional signs in the greater Lahore area in the coming days.
Director General Kamran Lashari said, “Such initiatives will facilitate visitors and attract more tourists. We want people to easily reach the Walled City and visit the heritage sites.”
Asif Zaheer, marketing and tourism director, said the authority would place directional signs for historical monuments in the next stage.
Tania Qureshi, the marketing and media deputy director, said, “Visitors from outside Lahore can get lost in the narrow roads and streets of the Walled City.”
Akhtar Abbas, a tourist, said, “It was easier for me to locate the Walled City. I followed the directional signs from the cantonment and have reached Delhi Gate.”
Anum Orakzai, a visitor from Peshawar, said, “I am visiting my relatives in Lahore. I have heard a lot about the historical sites here, but I am not familiar with the routes. Fortunately, I came across the directional signs which led me to Bhati Gate. This is a good initiative.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2014.