Boosting Tourism: Government Allocates Rs.250 million to spend on re-development of religious sites

The government is also looking to construct a Sufi University in Lahore with a state-of-the-art library and other facilities.

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The government of Pakistan has set aside Rs.250 million to spend on the renovations of religious shrines and historical mosques to boost religious tourism.

According to the Punjab Auqaf Department officials, the concerned authorities would redevelop these sites in the upcoming fiscal year 2020-21. The computerized geo-mapping of Auqaf would cost Rs.80 million alone, they added.

Breaking down the expenses, the officials said that Rs.60 million would be spent on five projects in Northern Punjab. These include the renovation of the Badshahi Masjid and the provision of water for wudhu at the Data Darbar.  Both of these are expected to cost around Rs.10 million each.

The expenditure on this project alone is equal to the cost of renovation of the shrine of Baba Farid and the scheme to help pilgrims at the shrine of Imam Ali-ul-Haq.

Other than that, the renovation of the Bibi Pakdaman shrine would cost Rs.20 million.

Rs.80 million would be spent on religious shrines in South Punjab. This includes the shrine of Bahauddinn Zakariya, Sakhi Sarwar, and Haji Sher Dewan Chawli Mashaikh, costing Rs.10 million each.

Other than this, Rs.10.5 million has been set aside to automate collections at shrines which the Auqaf department looks after. Around Rs.13 million would also be spent on water plants and trees and to clean all the roads in the vicinity of numerous locations.

Punjab Auqaf Minister Saeedul Hassan said his department recovered a hundred acre of land from illegal occupants from all over Punjab. The government is also looking to construct a Sufi University in Lahore with a state-of-the-art library and other facilities.

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