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‘Overcrowding’ collapses bridge at Punjab Governor House lake

LAHORE: A wooden bridge above a small lake at the Governor House fell on Sunday due to overcrowding.

However, no injuries were reported and people were safely evacuated through a boat, according to officials.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government had announced to open all state buildings for the public, saying that national assets belonged to the people of Pakistan.

The public was allowed entry from the Governor House’s Anarkali gate facing Alhamra hall after checking the national identity card of the head of the family.

The Governor House spokesman suggested that families should not bring eatables inside the premises to ensure that the historical building was not damaged. “It is our collective duty to keep national assets safe and clean,” the spokesman said.

Governor Chaudhry Sarwar was present on the occasion to welcome people. He also interacted with them briefly and took a tour of the compound.

“It was a pleasure to see children & adults enjoying the Governor House Lahore today. Our aim is to get away from the colonial barriers & red tape,” Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar  tweeted.

Last week, Sarwar  said over 4,000 citizens visited the Governor House Lahore on the first day of its opening for general public.

The people were the real owner of such buildings and the initiative taken on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan was aimed at telling the general public of lavish lifestyle of the past rulers who resided there, he had said.




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