LAHORE: Lahore Arts Council’s Alhamra Hall I (also once named Noor Jehan Hall) will come alive with cultural activities by this month’s end as the renovation work is nearing completion.  

The hall which has the largest sitting capacity is used for holding big functions, stage plays, music concerts, seminars and literary conferences. It is pertinent to mention here that hall had developed cracks in the roof due to last year’s earthquake and it was closed for public till completion of renovation.

The contract for renovation was given to Sinaco Engineers (Pvt) Ltd Pakistan. Project Manager Saeed Iqbal told The Nation that most of the renovation was complete. “We are in the hoisting period of construction, which is the final stage of renovation. This six months project will be take one more month for completion and we hope to hand over the hall to the management by the end of this month.

“The Rs 12 million project of replacement of steel roof of Hall I was a huge task. We have completed it with our best efforts,” Saeed said. Besides replacement of steel roof other related civil and interior works (false ceiling, catwalks, lighting, hvac, etc) of Hall I are also being completed.

Last year LAC executive director gave directions to conduct survey of all buildings of the Lahore Arts Council. On finding cracks and faults he ordered replacement of the steel roof of Hall I.

The construction work begun on October 1st, and at the time when Lahore Arts Council was going to arrange sixth International Alhamra Literature and Cultural festival’ from December 11 to 13 in which scholars from all over the world attended. The conference was rescheduled and held in other halls of the Lahore Arts Council including the ones in Alhamra Cultural Complex on Ferozepur Road. 

He said number of national and international conference and events would be catered more comprehensively, once the Hall renovation work completed.    

Lahore Arts Council spokesman responding on the status of Hall I said the Council was putting pressure on the contractor to speed up the work and complete the renovation of Hall I. “All the construction work is being done in accordance with the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules, wherein the contract was given to lowest possible bidder,” he maintained.