Reviving Shakarparian tourism: Century-old mosque discovered, lake being constructed
It is pertinent to mention that a natural lotus lake used to exist in the Shakarparian vicinity.
Recently, during the construction of Lotus Lake, a century-old mosque was discovered in Shakarparian Village.
Regarding the discovery, Environment Director Irfan Niazi said:
During the construction of Lotus Lake, we found an abandoned mosque while we carried out the cleanliness operation and removed bushes.
It should be noted that the mosque had been a place of worship for the Pairan villagers, who had moved away from their homelands during the development of Islamabad after receiving compensation from the CDA.
After unearthing a national heritage site, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) decided to restore the ancient mosque.
Talking about the restoring initiative, CDA Chairman, Amer Ali Ahmed, stated:
I have already directed my team to take steps to restore this mosque, which is also our heritage.
The Chairman also talked about the construction of Lotus Lake and said:
Lotus Lake is in the final stage of construction and will soon become a new tourist spot.
Ahmed further remarked:
The purpose of this lake and park, besides having a sitting facility and braque pits, is to provide a peaceful environment that is close to nature.
It is pertinent to mention that a natural lotus lake used to exist in the Shakarparian vicinity. However, it was demolished during the construction of a cultural complex between 2004 and 2005. Recently, the CDA decided to construct a new Lotus Lake to improve tourism in the region.
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