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ISLAMABAD: An agreement has been signed between the German Embassy Islamabad and the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) regarding the rehabilitation of historic homes in the Walled City of Lahore.
According to press release issued here on Tuesday, the Federal Republic of Germany is providing 9.3 million Pakistani rupees for the conservation and rehabilitation of multi-storeyed residential buildings in the Walled City of Lahore which date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These houses constitute part of Lahore’s historic legacy of architecture and are located in two residential lanes close to Delhi Gate, along the classical “Shahi Guzargah” which leads to the Shahi Qila (Lahore Fort).
The German project is embedded in a series of wider-ranging interventions including a loan from the World Bank as well as technical and financial assistance from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to the Government of Punjab. These interventions entail the upgrading of basic infrastructure as well as façade improvement of buildings in select areas of the Lahore Walled City.
With the historic home improvement project, Germany wishes to contribute to the betterment of living conditions and the reinvigoration of social life in the Lahore Walled City as well as to the conservation of Pakistan’s rich urban cultural heritage.