Lahore Fort may be removed from the list of endangered world heritage sites.

Courtesy: Maqsood Ahmad Malik, Deputy Director, Directorate General of Archeology Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology and Tourism Department

A monitoring mission from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)is in Lahore to assess whether the Lahore Fort and Shalamar Gardens can be removed from its list of endangered world heritage sites.
The mission would review the steps taken by the government to preserve the two sites during a four-day stay in Lahore and then compile an inspection report for UNESCO. Both sites were placed on UNESCO’s list of important world heritage sites in 1981. They were added to the endangered list in 1999 after the irrigation water system at Shalamar Gardens was demolished. Two projects to conserve these two sites at a cost of Rs300 million each are underway.
Experts from the Archaeology Department have completed indoor work at the two sites. The outdoor work is still underway.

Naulakha Pavilion: built in 1633 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a small summer house, cost around 900,000 rupees, an exorbitant amount at the time and thus called Naulakha Mahal- Courtesy: Maqbool Ahmad, the multilingual guide & historian at the Lahore Fort


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