ISLAMABAD: Federal minister for education Sahfqat Mahmood on Thursday stated that Prime Minister House will be converted into high quality Postgraduate University while all governor houses into museums.
He stated this while addressing a press conference. Federal Minister announced that additional construction will also be carried out on the land behind the residence meant for the premier after a formal plan is devised in this regard. Moreover, he added that PC-1 of this high quality university will be prepared soon.
He said that presently 470 million rupees are annually being spent on maintenance of PM House and added whole Prime Minister is consist of 1096 kanal covered area. “PM House will become a high-quality university or institution that will be unique with its education in Pakistan,” he added.
The minister also announced that the Government House in Murree, which the Punjab government had spent Rs600m on recently, will be transformed into a “heritage boutique hotel”.
The Punjab House in Murree, the annual expenses of which are Rs25m, would be turned into a tourist resort. The transformation will be done by the private sector, however, the Punjab government will carry out the formalities.
Regarding Punjab House in Rawalpindi he stated that a Punjab House, with a Governor’s Annexe attached to it, is located in Rawalpindi’s central district. Spread over 70 kanals, the property is used a rest house and Rs40m is spent on its upkeep annually, the minister revealed. The rest house will either be converted into a higher education institute for IT/incubation centre, or the National College of Arts in Pindi will be shifted to this building, Mehmood announced.
Regarding governor house in Lahore, he stated that Governor House in Lahore is spread over 700 kanals. The schools and vocational training institutes located on its compound will be separated and the Governor House itself would be converted into a museum and an art gallery. The property’s grounds will be opened to the public as a park, which will include a small zoo.
According to the minister, former Punjab chief minister was using 90 Shahrah-i-Quaid-i-Azam in Lahore as one of his offices. This building, the annual maintenance cost of which is Rs80m, will be transformed into a craft museum and a hall within it will be changed into a convention centre which will be rented out for events, he announced. The Chanda House in Lahore will be turned into Governor Office as an alternative to the expansive Governor’s House.
Moreover, he added that a state guest house situated on Mall Road, the upkeep of which costs Rs5m annually, will be converted into a five-star hotel. He said that government plans to transform the Governor House in Karachi into a museum and bring its parkland into public use. These plans will be executed in consultation with the Sindh government. Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, meanwhile, will shift into a state guest house in the city.