Fawara Chowk Committee will take up renaming issue on 14th

LAHORE, Nov 2: A sub-committee of the Dilkash Lahore Project Steering Committee will take up the issue of renaming the Fawara Chowk intersection at Shadman after Bhagat Singh in a meeting scheduled to be held on Nov 14 at Town Hall.

The committee will also discuss renaming of various other city spots/roads/localities, including the main Shadman Chowk after Chaudhry Rehmat Ali.

The City District Government of Lahore had announced renaming the intersection after Bhagat Singh on Sept 29 to the delight of civil society activists who wanted to honour Singh who was executed at Fawara Chowk after he fought the British army by raising the slogan of revolution in the Subcontinent.

Officials told Dawn on Thursday that though the CDGL’s announcement was widely appreciated by a large number of civil society activists, it had been facing resistance from certain religious and traders’ organizations since it made the announcement to rename the place after Bhagat Singh.

They said keeping in view the situation, the district administration decided to put up the matter before the project committee, a body that was constituted to monitor the activities related to rehabilitation of various British era buildings on The Mall and to deal with the affairs concerning naming/renaming the city roads/localities.

They said during the last committee meeting presided over by Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday (retired) on October 23, the participants agreed to constitute three sub-committees, including the one to deal with naming/renaming of the city roads, intersections etc.

They said the meeting agreed to forward the matter of renaming Shadman’s Fawara Chowk after Bhagat Singh and Shadman Chowk (Jail Road) after Chaudhry Rehmat Ali to the sub-committee so that it could thoroughly examine these cases.

“Now the matter has been handed over to the sub-committee and it is likely to give its decision in the next meeting on Nov 14,” a senior official told Dawn. He said as the entire project steering committee and the sub-committee members were well educated and sensible and already knew well about Bhagat Singh’s services, they would not raise any objection on renaming the intersection after him.

He said the CDGL had received various applications in favour and against renaming the spot after Bhagat Singh. He said besides renaming the places after Singh and Rehmat Ali, the CDGL also planned to rename various city spots/intersections after various other personalities.

Meanwhile talking to Dawn, the Labour Party Pakistan chief and Bhagat Singh Memorial Society member Farooq Tariq said he and his other colleagues would soon meet those opposing the renaming unnecessarily.  — Khalid HasnainSource: http://dawn.com/2012/11/03/fawara-chowk-committee-will-take-up-renaming-issue-on-14th/