Lahore : Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday
said the government would speed up the implementation process of ensuring positive use of the country’s historic and state buildings,including the governor houses, as it was an important point of the manifesto of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
“We will make sure that these buildings are opened for
general public and are in the reach of masses,” the prime minister
said while chairing a high level regarding the positive use of
historic and state buildings.
The prime minister said the magnificent governor houses and
large buildings were not only the symbols of colonial rulers but more than that those were the symbols of apathy.
“By seeing these buildings and aristocratic styles the
masses not only lose their trust in the governments but it also
hinders the promotion of tax culture,” he remarked.
The meeting reviewed the latest progress on utilization of
governor houses and other government owned historic and official
buildings for diverse purposes.
The meeting also took stock of the different plans devised
for utilization of different buildings. The prime minister directed
the Punjab chief secretary for early implementation of the plan for
converting the Governor House at Kashmir Point Murree into a hotel with all the latest facilities.
The proposal for the conversion of Punjab House Pindi Point
Murree into a university was also considered. A proposal was also
presented for establishment of an Information Technology Park and Incubation Center in the Punjab House and Governor House annexe in Rawalpindi.
It was also decided to open gardens and grounds of the
Governor House Lahore for the general public and the direction was made for demolition of its outer wall.
Another proposal for utilization of 90 Sharae Quaid-e-Azam
into a crafts museum and conference hall was also floated during the meeting.
The prime minister directed the proper utilization of
central buildings like Chamba House Lahore which could generate earning.
The proposals for establishing five-star hotels in the state
guest houses in Lahore and Karachi were also made.
The meeting approved creation of a designated females’ park
and museum in the Governor House Peshawar whereas it was agreed to utilize the Governor House Nathiagali as a boutique hotel.
The meeting also decided to establish a females designated
park over 25 acres in the Governor House Quetta and the input from the experts would be sought for utilization of its historic building.