Lahore: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has announced its decision to convert the 17th-century hujras of the Wazir Khan Mosque into a business hub to showcase the works of famous artisans and companies, according to news published on August 15.
After the renovation and conservation of these hujras, businesses of local products can be displayed for tourists. Presently, Luna Heritage has set up its first on-site franchise establishment, which showcases products like handmade artefacts, clothes, antiques, museum replicas and other accessories. Other companies that are expected to set up outlets in these hujras include; Pen Asia, Khazineyi, Hast-o-Neest, Indus Heritage Trust (IHT) and Tahir Mahmood Designs.
This business hub aims to preserve the historical sites of the walled city and traditionally promote local products. To this effect, an inaugural ceremony was held at Wazir Khan Square. WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari addressed the ceremony and expressed the department’s vision to resurrect the grandeur of old Lahore and transform it into a ‘prized piece of civilisation for posterity’. He added that WCLA will continue to facilitate and boost local products and portray the true face of the Walled City.