The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has started work on preserving and restoring a temple, six churches, and eight shrines in Punjab.
The authority commenced the project after the initial phase of mapping and documentation was completed.
Punjab government’s Auqaf Department and Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department assigned the projects to the authority.
However, Pakistan has a lot of historical structures which were not properly preserved throughout the years. Now, for the first time, churches, shrines, and temples will be conserved and preserved in accordance with international standards.
WCLA will conserve the following shrines: Hazrat Mian Meer, Madhu Lal Hussain, Shah Husain, and Bibi Pak Daman in Lahore, Darbar Baba Fariduddin Ganj Shakar in Pakpattan, Tomb of Bahauddin Zakariya, the Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam and shrine of Hazrat Shah Shams in Multan, and the shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Ghulam Fareed in Kot Mithan.
St Francis Assisi Sahowala Sialkot, Presbyterian Church Lahore, St Mary the Virgin Cathedral Church Multan, Christ Church Rawalpindi, Sacred Heart Cathedral Church Lahore, and Cathedral Church of The Resurrection Lahore are among the churches that will be maintained.
As for temples, the Shivala Mandir in Sialkot will be preserved by WCLA.
The projects will be completed by the WCLA by June of next year. The Punjab government will provide the funds, and the WCLA will serve as the implementing agency.