*Daily Times Reports:
LAHORE: The operation squads of the Building Department and the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on Monday, …, demolished 10 garages, four offices of the Motor Transport Pool and the Implementation and Co-Ordination (I&C) Block in the Civil Secretariat (CS) in order to restore the building to its ‘original’ beauty.
The garages, these days known as the Motor Transport Pool, had been constructed by the British to park official vehicles and horse carts of officers. Later, the building was converted to the transport pool and government vehicles, including those used by the chief minister, the governor and the chief secretary, were parked in it.
Trees uprooted: Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) workers, … uprooted six trees – a ficus, four citrus and an ashok tree – from the lawn in front of his office, an official of the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD) told Daily Times.
New shorter plants will be planted in their place so that the CS’ office can be seen from the main gate, a PHA deputy director told Daily Times. He said palm trees and a flowerbed would be planted to beautify the area.
The official said that the CS had also ordered the S&GAD to demolish buildings situated near the main gate that had been constructed without proper planning.
The officials, whose offices have been demolished, have been given temporary offices in ministers’ offices in the Secretariat’s H-Block. The uprooted trees have been taken to a PHA nursery on Lodge Road.
An official said that 38 servant quarters adjacent to the main secretariat campus, 10 offices of the S&GAD, 20 public toilets, a police kiosk, offices of a sub-divisional officer, a sanitary inspector and his staff and a mini-mosque had earlier been demolished in May.