Lahore to get its own 'Disneyland'

Published: November 13, 2015
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PHOTO: REUTERS

An agreement for the construction of a theme park and aquarium with facilities matching that of Disneyland has been signed between the Punjab government and a Chinese company.

The park will be built at a cost of Rs36 billion in one-and-a-half years, according to a handout issued by the Chinese company Golden Bean Group.

Lahore Commissioner Abdullah Sumbal along with Punjab Horticulture Authority director-general Mian Muhammad Shakeel and Chinese company chairman Jin Ming Nan signed the agreement in Lahore on Thursday.

Price hike puts popular US Disneyland annual pass over $1,000

Further, the handout said along with other national and international companies, the Golden Bean Group will also participate in the bidding for the construction of Sundar Workers Welfare Complex Phase-I. Under the project of the Punjab Labour Department worth Rs7.78 billion, 2,900 apartments would be built for industrial workers and labourers.

Labour secretary Ali Sarfraz and Chinese company chairman Jin Ming Nan signed the MoU in this regard.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Vectra
    Nov 13, 2015 - 8:13PM

    I thought food water gas electricity education schools are important but disney land???,any ways lahore means Punjab gets one more.Why other provinces silent and mere mute spectator to Punjab poor governance policy.Recommend

  • Zeeba
    Nov 13, 2015 - 8:39PM

    Good decision. Such entertainment is must for the common folk. Keep it up PMLn.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Nov 13, 2015 - 9:04PM

    But because of copy write issues they have to call it: DenguelandRecommend

  • AB
    Nov 13, 2015 - 9:27PM

    Where are those pseudo-liberals who shout louder about defense spending?Recommend

  • imran.khan
    Nov 13, 2015 - 10:14PM

    @Rollin & Trollin:
    good thinking keep it up and sooner you will get nothing Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Nov 13, 2015 - 11:58PM

    This is not fair when public schools and hospitals need more attention. This is called misplaced priorities. The province, not only Lahore, need proper sewerage system, clean water, electricity, health and schools in good conditions to serve the poor masses. Disney land theme park will only serve the elite class, what about the poor public ? Recommend

  • US CENTCOM
    Nov 14, 2015 - 12:15AM

    Good news! It should also provide many jobs while increasing tourism to the country.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • sterry
    Nov 14, 2015 - 12:24AM

    @ishrat salim: Why are people upset that the provincial government is setting up a world class amusement park in Lahore? This will being more tourists to Lahore and improve the economy too. I am not from Lahore but I can understand the benefits to the country from this project.Recommend

  • Nov 14, 2015 - 2:28AM

    36 billion for what? Some jokers are ruling the Pakistan, why they can’t spend half of it on energy and education. People need food, they can’t later on afford tickets to enjoy the place which will be build using their own money.

    And we’ll vote N again in next election, we are the kind which never learn lesson.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Nov 14, 2015 - 3:42AM

    @Zeeba: There was already a Disney Land in Jati Umra where 360 million is to be spent. Disney Circus moves in bullet proof cages with a heavy contingent of guards to protect precious Shairs and and others. Fools Pakistan needs Electricity, education and health care. Recommend

  • Hamza Junaid
    Nov 14, 2015 - 7:01AM

    @zeeba
    i hope PML-N realize that “common folk” exist outside Lahore too. Recommend

  • Imran
    Nov 14, 2015 - 7:38AM

    How many of you would sit in that Roller Coaster?Recommend

  • waqqar
    Nov 14, 2015 - 9:06AM

    We are lagging in basic health facilities. Our ruling elite moves abroad even for flue treatment. Then why not hospitals with this 36b rupees..??? Recommend

  • Mazher
    Nov 14, 2015 - 1:41PM

    I am very excited and thrilled after reading this news. You can’t make every one happy. Some people born with negative attitude. As a Lahori I am happy to have it in Lahore. Other PM’s don’t have guts to do it.Recommend

  • adeel
    Nov 14, 2015 - 2:17PM

    @Vectra:
    **firstly Lahore doesn’t mean Punjab, Lahore only means Lahore

    the other 9 cores people living in Punjab (outside Lahore) are also starving for basic necessities,

    so there is no need for other provinces to jump in and start creating political instability,

    first people of Punjab should wake up and ask for there right’s who always vote for these for these so called Sharif’s**Recommend

  • Mrs HighBall
    Nov 14, 2015 - 3:34PM

    @imran.khan: There may be copy write issues with your avatar/name as well !Recommend

  • o hello bhai!!
    Nov 14, 2015 - 5:09PM

    A little attention first to schools, hospitals and basic amenities please…. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 14, 2015 - 5:38PM

    Although I have my reservations on such an ostentatious initiative but to those talking about lack of social services, education and so and so forth…..why can’t y’all talk about the lopsided defense budget of this country which consumes the highest % of GDP in this region?Recommend

  • Ostrich
    Nov 14, 2015 - 5:57PM

    This is investment which will bring money (tickets) and returns. Hospitals cost money to build and even more to run…
    .
    Sad but true!!Recommend

  • cautious
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:58PM

    Entertainment is good — but the govt shouldn’t be in the business of building theme parks – if there is adequate demand private entrepreneurs can step up. BTW – a real Disney Park is pretty expensive – the Shanghai Disney Resort is going to cost about $5 Billion. Recommend

  • sohni dharti
    Nov 15, 2015 - 12:05AM

    Why do they insist on calling it Disney land?? That’s a trademark. It’s very nice that Pakistan will have a big theme park. The public needs more fun things to do and it will be very successful. Just stop calling it Disney land!!Recommend

  • Mishal
    Nov 15, 2015 - 12:15AM

    @Zeeba:
    Oh yes zeeba, entertainment is more important than most of the poor people dying due to no water, price hike, no education, poor living conditions. Uh those lame poor dudes who cares about them, they should all die for that matter. We are the only ones that are important cause so what if they cant eat n sleep or liver better, WE need entertainment haina? How else are we gona survive.

    (People like you make me wish I was never born.)Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Nov 15, 2015 - 1:26AM

    @Mazher:
    Yes ! You are excited because you can afford to go to disney land. Time will come when this dis ney land will be besieged by the poor people who have not 1 square meal for his family while your family will be riding roller coaster. People like you are inviting revolution, same way rich people invited french revolution. Revolution comes when there is too much gap between the rich and the poor, today poor people are 60% which are living below poverty line,so with speed your PML N govt is going I am afraid by 2018, surely there will be civil disobedience than revolution, because you asked for it. Recommend

  • Nov 15, 2015 - 2:16AM

    Nowhere in the news does is it say the PKR36 billion will be Pakistani taxpayer money. Sounds like it’ll be an investment by a foreign investor, under probably favorable terms offered by the Government of Punjab.Recommend

  • Nov 15, 2015 - 3:08AM

    It’s hilarious and sad at the same time to see people not even pay attention to the article at all and spew hate on the government. This is NOT a project funded by the government, but a project started by a Chinese company who is investing all the money. They obviously wouldn’t randomly support poverty of a country instead of increasing their profits, and neither can the government force them to do so.

    This is complete and utter nonsense to try comparing this with education, hospitals or other issues.Recommend

  • ASI
    Nov 15, 2015 - 10:39AM

    It appears that the Punjab Govt is mocking the poor-class of Pakistan, which is the majority.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Nov 15, 2015 - 5:26PM

    @Muhammad Junaid:

    you have no financial sense. Rs 36 billion will be, ofcourse, provided by the Chinese in dollar terms but equivalent money in Rupee terms has to be matched which will be provided by the govt & additionally guaranteed by a sovereign guarantee by the Govt of Pakistan through SBP to guarantee their investment. Again, the money spent will be taken away by levying high rates which , you think can the poor people afford ? So, is this project worth spending for a paltry few elite class ? Recommend

  • Xnain
    Nov 16, 2015 - 4:04PM

    @ishrat salim:
    ” Rs 36 billion will be, ofcourse, provided by the Chinese in dollar terms but equivalent money in Rupee terms has to be matched which will be provided by the govt & additionally guaranteed by a sovereign guarantee by the Govt of Pakistan through SBP to guarantee their investment.”
    If all government is to do is to print money backed by a guarantee then whats the use of having the Chinese dollars in place? You’re argument is fundamentally flawed. Recommend

  • mushtaque ahmad
    Nov 17, 2015 - 7:53PM

    well, well, well, let us see the past rulers who did not make metro, highways, over head bridges. did they make schools, hospitals, or water treatment plants.or anything about load shedding? if no then where all tax money gone. dont cry.something is better then nothing.Recommend

  • Bashir Farooq
    Nov 18, 2015 - 3:34PM

    In fact there would not be only transformation of modernization through Disneyland. It will be the evidence of new kind to constructions / attraction which will made the prominent image of Pakistan. We understand that there is many other places need to attend or spend on those things but such kind of things are also necessary for the lives nations. Pray and welcome such blunt steps of Punjab Government. The dreams comes true of all of with and Pakistan Zinda Bad.Recommend

  • Muzammil
    Dec 1, 2015 - 2:17PM

    China is going to invest all money in this project. we have to build schools hospitals with our own resources. this is good planning to get Foreign Direct investment and after few years it will be transferred to our provincial government like motorway was built by a Korean Company now handed over to GOP. Recommend

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