RAWALPINDI: Retired Commissioner Capt Mohammad Mehmood said that the Walled City of Lahore Authority had requested a week’s review of the PC-I project to would the expense of the Sujan Singh Haveli project, estimated at Rs152.5 million, in light of the proposals submitted by the Rawalpindi Metropolitan Corporation (RMC).
On Sunday, he chaired a meeting at the RMC that was also attended by the chief officer of the company, Ali Abbas Bukhari, and other officials. Retired Commissioner Capt Mohammad Mehmood said the renovation of Sujan Singh Haveli and Bhabra Bazaar food street projects would improve the local economy and generate new opportunities for jobs.
He said the expense of the Bhabra Bazaar food street project was estimated at Rs80 million, adding that the clearance process was underway for both projects aimed at maintaining historic buildings and the ancient Rawalpindi culture.
Mr. Mehmood said that Sujan Singh Haveli’s access road will be rehabilitated while a museum and art gallery will be set up within the Haveli.
The commissioner said the sewerage and water supply services would be strengthened under the Bhabra Bazaar food street scheme, while arbitrary power wires and telecommunications cables hanging from poles would be replaced by an underground wire grid. A survey was completed and, he said, the cost was also measured.
Mr. Mehmood said that a detailed plan for the renovation of old buildings in the town of Rawalpindi, including seven temples within one kilometre of Sujan Singh Haveli, had been drawn up. Similarly, the facades of some old buildings in the street will also be returned to their original form under the Bhabra Bazaar Food Street scheme.
He said many buildings around Bhabra Bazaar have already been renovated by their owners to their original state, with many of them retaining their original design with old cupboards and furniture.