ISLAMABAD: Government today unfolded plan for re-use of heritage buildings aimed at annual saving of 1.15 billion rupees on their maintenance and launched income generating projects instead.
Details of the plan were shared by Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood at a news conference in Islamabad on Thursday, following a briefing given to Prime Minister Imran Khan on the subject.
The Minister said the Prime Minister and Governors would not reside in PM House and Governor Houses and decisions have been taken for their re-use.
According to the details, PM House in Islamabad would be converted into an institution of higher learning. For this purpose, additional structures would be built on the land adjacent to PM House.
A committee comprising Education Minister, Chairman Higher Education Commission and Dr. Attaur Rehman would submit a PC one of the project for approval.
The Minister said presently 470 million rupees are annually being spent on maintenance of PM House.
Under the plan, Governor House Murree would be converted into a Heritage Boutique Hotel and Punjab House Murree into a Tourist Resort Complex.
Governor House in Rawalpindi would also be converted into an institution of higher learning .
Governor House Lahore, spread over 700 Kanals of land, would be turned into a Museum and Art Gallery.
Building known as 90-Shahra-e-Quaid-e-Azam would be converted into Museum and the adjacent hall into convention centre.
State Guest House at Mall Road in Lahore is proposed to be converted into a five star hotel.
Governor House Karachi would be transformed into Museum and the Governor would reside at State Guest House.
Qasr-e-Naz would also be converted into a five star hotel.
As there is no Museum in Quetta, Governor House there would be transofrmed into Museum and the Prime Minister has proposed establishment of a park for women on the adjacent land.
Governor House Peshawar is proposed to be used as Museum of History of Tribal Areas and Botanical Garden.
Government Rest House at Nathiagali would also be turned into a Resort Hotel.
Replying to questions, the Education Minister said re-use of other buildings including rest houses would be proposed in the second phase.