LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday ordered the Punjab government to repair dilapidated, old and dangerous buildings within the limits of Walled City.

Justice Shahid Jamil Khan passed the order while hearing a contempt petition against the authorities concerned. Previously, the LHC had ordered the Punjab government for repairing of old and dangerous buildings within the limits of Walled City Authority.

A local citizen had moved a contempt petition against the government and pleaded the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the authority’s officials and officials of the district government and others. He said they did not comply with the orders of the court regarding repairing and restoration of old and dangerous buildings.

The petitioner submitted that dangerous and dilapidated buildings might take many lives in the historical area. He alleged that Walled City Authority and Lahore District Government perhaps were waiting for any big incident in the said area. “No action has been taken so far,” he held.

A law officer, however, opposed the arguments of the petitioner saying that a number of old and dangerous buildings were repaired, while many others would soon be repaired and restored.

Disposing of the contempt, Justice Khan directed the government to repair the poor and old building which might cause irreparable damage and take lives of the citizens and sought report within two weeks.