LAHORE - Chief Secretary Akbar Durrani on Monday directed authorities to take into consideration design, safety standards and traffic management before approving for any construction on The Mall to maintain its historical status.

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He was chairing a meeting of Special Design Committee here at Civil Secretariat. The Committee referred the cases of construction of new buildings presented in the meeting to the District Design Committee for its recommendations.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Secretary said that historical heritage is a national asset; its preservation is a collective responsibility of all. He said that there is a need to enhance awareness among people regarding the preservation of buildings, sites and objects of historical importance. He directed that it must be ensured that no building or place of historical importance is affected due to approval of construction of new structure in other parts of the city also.  He mentioned that new buildings must be designed in conformity with nearby historical structures. “This is our city. We have to protect it,” he remarked.

He said that that a lot of commercialization took place in the city during the last few years, adding that there must be a ban on commercialization at the historical sites. He said that meeting of Special Design Committee would be held after every three months regularly. The meeting was attended by chairman planning and development, administrative secretaries of different departments including local government and housing, commissioner Lahore Division, lord mayor Lahore, principal National College of Arts, deputy commissioner Lahore and officers concerned.