Shalimar Gardens may lose World Heritage Site status; FAIZAN ALI WARRAICH; The Nation

Pakistan – Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore

Unesco’s World Heritage Committee, in its draft decision on Shalimar Gardens and Orange Line Metro Train, clearly says that OLMT poses an irreversible and permanent threat to Shalimar Gardens, which is a World Heritage Site, and it may be taken off the World Heritage Sites list permanently if the project goes ahead as planned.

The World Heritage Committee released the draft decision keeping in view the longstanding debate on the transportation-led development project of the Punjab government. The government is carrying out construction work inside the 61-metre protective buffer zone of the international heritage site of Shalimar Garden in violation of international laws as well as the national antiquities act.

This draft decision will be finalised through a vote of member states in the upcoming WHC meeting in July 2017.

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