LAHORE The City Heritage Museum, on The Mall, which had remained closed for a few years now, has been opened now for the public after renovation. The historic Tollinton Market building was converted into Lahore Heritage Museum in 2006 after a repair of Rs32m. It was inaugurated by former CM Pervaiz Elahi in 2006. After its opening, no major activity was held except some paintings and artifacts exhibitions. The building remained closed for few years due to the leakage of rain water and bad condition of the building. The officials told that the Lahore Museum repaired and renovated the building again with its own funds and opened for the public a couple of days ago. They said that they did minor repairs within the ambit of rules of business. They said, We had filled 20 fissures in the ceiling with cement to prevent rainwater leakage. We also redid the mud plaster and replaced some wooden planks in the ceiling. They, however, said the repair works undertaken were insubstantial and it was just first aid. They said such old buildings were needed permanent repair work. The City Museum incharge Uzma Usmani told this scribe that the museum had been divided into three halls including a permanent gallery, a temporary gallery and a central 'Hall of Fame. She said the Hall of Fame was being used to display portraits of the personalities who contributed to the development of Lahore and famous Lahorites such as the Lahore Museums first director Rudyard Kipling, singer and actress Noor Jehan, architect Sir Ganga Ram, artists Ustad Allah Bakhsh, Sher Muhammad, Lala Lajpat Rai and founding Principal of Government College Gottlieb Leitner and the first VC of Punjab University Alfred Woolner. She further said the portraits of 24 state heads from the 1974 Islamic Summit, donated by the Punjab Assembly, were also on permanent display in the hall. The rotating exhibitions in this hall will also display portraits of political, educational and cultural personalities of Lahore, she added. Uzma said the City Heritage Museum had a permanent exhibition hall to be used to highlight 1000 years pictorial history of Lahore. In contemporary art gallery, there were five paintings by Ghulam Mustafa and seven by Mahmoodul Hassan Rumi depicting the gates of the Walled City are on display. There are many other paintings having landscapes and historical buildings of Lahore like Lahore Fort, Wazir Khan Masjid are also on display, she said. She further said that in the permanent gallery, there were some miniatures paintings from the collection of Lahore Museum and some works donated by Faqir Aijazuddin. There were also some pieces that were shown in the same building at the famous Punjab Arts and Crafts Exhibition in 1864, as well as a rare sketch of that exhibition, she said and added that We have put on display a register showing the names, wages and working hours of 23 labourers involved in the buildings construction in 1864. Talking about the history of the historical building, the Ms Usmani said that the building was constructed in 1864 and the first exhibition of the products of the province was held here in the same year.