Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had claimed that they would convert lavish state buildings into educational institutes, hotels and museums ever since the party took charge of the country.
Just when the people were starting to think there’s no substance in the claims, the government has finally announced what it intends to do with these buildings.
The government’s focus on the austerity measures was evident from day 1 and starting from the Prime Minister House, Federal Minister for Education, National History and Literary Heritage, Shafqat Mehmood, announced that it will be made into a top-class educational institute.
While the government had already hinted at making PM House a world-class university, the official announcement has now been made. The unused portion of the PM House will also be used to construct buildings for the institute.
Governor House and Punjab House in Rawalpindi will be used as educational institutes as well.
To promote tourism and art, the state guest house on Mall Road will be transformed into a 5-star hotel, Governor House Lahore into an Art Gallery and 90th Steet Hall into a Convention Center.
Punjab House Murree will be made into a tourist complex, Governor House Nathiagali to a resort and Governor House Balochistan will be used as a Museum.
Governor House KPK is all set to be changed into a Museum whereas a Heritage Boutique Hotel will be set up at government house Murree.
The government had promised to inform the public about the expenses incurred on the state buildings.
According to Shafqat Mehmood, more than Rs 47 Crore is spent annually on the 1096-Kanal PM House, Shahbaz Sharif’s office on Shahra-e-Quaid-i-Azam costs Rs 8 Crore annually whereas Rs 60 Crore was recently spent on Governor House Murree.
No decision has been made for the President House, however, it will be decided in the next phase, said the Federal Minister.
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