France will fund Lahore Fort and buffer zone renovations
News sources said on July 13 that the Punjab government and the French government will work together to fix up the Lahore Fort and the area around it. Heritage & Urban Regeneration in Lahore will finish the two projects, which will cost a total of PKR 4.2 billion (HURL).
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The Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) are said to have signed a deal (French Development Agency). Under HURL, the French bank will help with 22 million euros over the course of five years. The project includes fixing up Lahore Fort and the area around it. This includes Taxali, the old food street behind the fort, and nearby parks.
The French Ambassador to Pakistan, Nicolas Galey, also discussed the project’s goals and said that it will bring the UNESCO heritage site back to its former glory and more tourists. He also said that the French government is happy to be a part of the project to fix up the building.
It’s important to know that the Lahore Fort is a world heritage site. In 1984, UNESCO designated it as a place of cultural significance. The WCLA was set up in 2012 to cover the walled city’s problems, such as restoring it and taking care of the Fort and other buildings from the Mughal and British periods.
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