LAHORE The Punjab Archeology Department (PAD) is all set to carry out preservation of historical faade of Punjab Institute of Mental Health (PIMH), it is learnt on Friday. PAD officials told TheNation that the institutes faade had been declared protected monument in 2010 and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif issued special directive to Planning and Development Department for preservation of bad-conditioned gate and boundary wall of the PIMH, allocating an amount of Rs 5.2 million. They said PAD and PIMH administrations jointly prepared PC-I of preservation plan and also were working for release of funds. They said the work would be started in October and would be completed in six months. The current building of mental hospital was established in 1900 and Col Dr Ewen, a psychiatrist, was appointed its first medical superintendent. He headed the hospital till his death in 1914. In 1922, another psychiatrist Dr Patch took over the charge of hospital who worked hard to improve the prevailing conditions and added also new buildings. In 1947, at the time of independence the nation inherited three mental hospitals, one each at Lahore, Hyderahad and Peshawar. The PIMH is the only facility for psychiatric patients in this part of the world starting in 1900 as Lunatic Asylum and turned into Government Mental Hospital and was renamed as Government Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases in 1996. The old governing law for these patients Lunacy Act at 1912 was replaced by Mental Health Ordinance in 2001 and the Hospital was named as Punjab Institute of Mental Health, Lahore in 2002. While talking about the current condition of the gate and faade of PIMH, officials said that kankar lime plaster on walls of main gate of the hospital had decayed badly due to dampness. They said that most of the roofs of rooms adjoining to main gate had collapsed while sky lights of structure were in poor condition and roof of the verandah on both side of gate had collapsed at some places. They further said that grounds floor decayed at many places. Floor of the verandah is subsided and original Merlans on the top of Faade Wall are missing, they added. Talking about the preservation plans, the officials said salt affected and decayed Kankar lime and cement plaster and re-plastering with Kankar lime would be removed in order to restore original features. They further that dismantling of decayed roof of the rooms and verandahs including removal of earth fill, lime concrete and broken wooden beams and replacing with new deodar wooden beams and batten, lime concrete and tile roofing with bitumen coating were also in conservation plan. Construction of boundary wall attached with historical gate, electrification of entire structure and apron around the historical gate with 60mm thick tuff tile and anti-termite treatment of whole building are also parts of the plan, they added.