LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has completed restoration work on Delhi Gate.
The authority has also removed 12 encroachments from the area and carpeted the road from the gate to Milad Chowk. It is now installing bollards on the Royal Trail to prevent heavy vehicles from frequenting the area. The authority has also illuminated the gate with 140 lights. The Royal Trail has been bedecked with lights also and banners and hoardings have been removed from the gates.
Director General Kamran Lashari said the authority had been striving to restore the Walled City to its original glory. He said the Delhi Gate was the most prominent gate. Lashari said the authority wanted the gate to become an attractive tourist destination.
Marketing and Tourism Director Asif Zaheer said the authority had illuminated the gate and the Royal Trail with LED lights. He said the public had responded favourably to the initiative. Zaheer said similar improvements would be made at other Walled City gates. He said a tourism office had been established in three rooms at the Delhi Gate. Zaheer said another three rooms will house an arts and crafts bazaar.
Khawar Butt, a Delhi Gate resident, said the public had been thronging the gate after the completion of restoration work. He said the public was fascinated with the installation of LED lights on the edifice.
Butt said most people visited the gate in the evening.
Jehangir Ali, another Delhi Gate resident, said the closure of the area to heavy vehicles had made it pedestrian-friendly.
Asma Naeem, another Delhi Gate resident, said the presence of heavy traffic had previously inconvenienced residents of the area.
She said that the closure of the area to heavy traffic had led to a marked difference in the ambience as women felt safer to walking around the neighbourhood felt safer.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2014.