LAHORE The Punjab Archeology Department is all set to preserve and renovate the historical gates of the Walled City, TheNation has learnt. The department has prepared a feasibility report to preserve the four major gates including Shairanwala, Bhaati, Lohari and Kashmiri gates, while the Dehli and Akbari gates would be preserved by the Walled City Project, an official of the Department said on Monday. He told that some other gates including Shah Alami, Texali, Mochi and Masti had been demolished due to non-maintenance. He said basically the Walled City Project was liable to conserve the Walled City buildings but it had failed to do so. However, the Walled City Project was planning to conserve only Dehli and Akbari gates. He said on the instructions of chief ministers secretariat, the Archeology Department had planned to preserve four gates and the work had been initiated at Shairanwala Gate. He told that Rs 1.6 million has been earmarked for Shairanwala Gate restoration while Rs 1.2 million for Kashmiri Gate, Rs 2.2 million for Bhaati Gate and Rs 3.3 million for Lohari Gate have been allocated. The feasibility report had also been sent to the department concerned for approbation while the funds would be provided by the City District Government. He said huge encroachments around the gates were the major cause of their damage. We are also facing hurdles regarding restoration work owing to encroachments on the sites, added the official. It may be mentioned here that Lahore once had 12 gates including Akbari Gate, Bhaati Gate, Delhi Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Lahori Gate, Masti Gate, Mochi Gate, Roshnai Gate, Shah Alami Gate, Shairanwala Gate, Taxali Gate, Yakki Gate and Mori Gate. Almost all these gates were built in Mughal era but the Shairanwala Gate was built by Ranjeet Singh.