PM House to be converted into varsity: Shafqat

Federal education minister says expensive governor houses will be converted into institutes, museums


Nasir Aslam


Federal Minister for Education Sahfqat Mahmood on Thursday said that the Prime Minister House will be converted into a high quality Postgraduate University while all governor houses will be transformed into museums.

He said this while addressing a press conference. He said that the additional construction will be carried out on the land behind the residence. Moreover, PC-1 of the high quality university will be prepared soon.

Presently, 470 million rupees are annually being spent on the maintenance of PM House and the house spreads over 1,096 kanals.

The minister also announced that the Governor House in Murree will be transformed into a ‘heritage boutique hotel’.

The annual expenses of the governor house are Rs25 million. The transformation will be carried out by a private company.

Regarding the Punjab House in Rawalpindi, he said that with the Governor’s Annexe attached to it, it spreads over 70kanals.  The property is used as a rest house and Rs40 millions are spent on its maintenance annually.

The rest house will either be converted into a higher education institute for information technology incubation centre, or the National College of Arts in Pindi will be shifted to this building, Mehmood said.

Talking about the governor house in Lahore, he said that it spreads over 700kanals.  The schools and vocational training institutes located on its compound will be separated and the governor house itself will 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. The building will be transformed into a craft museum and a hall within will be changed into a convention centre which will be rented out for events. The annual maintenance cost of the building is Rs80 million, he said.

Moreover, the Chanda House in Lahore will be turned into a Governor Office as an alternative to the governor’s house.

A state guest house situated on Mall Road, the upkeep of which costs Rs5 million annually, will be converted into a five-star hotel.

The 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, said the minister.






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