The State Party submitted a report on the state of conservation of the property on 15 April 2010. With regard to the above-mentioned corrective measures, the report presented by the State Party outlines progress as follows:
a) Implementation of Master Plans for Lahore Fort and Shalamar Gardens
The report states that further progress has been made in the implementation of the Master Plans for Lahore Fort and ShalamarGardens, according to a 5 year programme. The workplans for 2009-2010 have been approved by a Steering Committee and the planned restoration and preservation activities are progressing for which an amount of RS 50.00 million have been allocated.
b) Consolidation and adequate protection of the foundations of the demolished water tanks
Following the consolidation and restoration of the remaining hydraulic structures, a permanent boundary wall with fence has been built around the area. All the debris and encroachments around the area have been removed.
c) Protection and preservation measures for the external walls of Lahore Fort and Shalamar Gardens
The State Party report lists the extensive actions carried out to repair and strengthen the badly deteriorated external walls of Lahore Fort and ShalamarGardens. Other activities include the creation of walkways in the Moat area, partial conservation of the Ath Dara Pavillion and of a water tank in Jahangir’s Quadrangle, of the Diwan-e-Aam, Akbari Mahal, and Kharak Singh Haveli, of the Shish Mahal surroundings and the Shah Burj area, of Sha Jahan’s Quadrangle, of the 2nd storey roof of the Shish Mahal, and of the Moti Mosjid, restoration of the walkways of the summer pavilion, of the Khwabgah Building, of the Moor-Craft Building of the Aramgah Shahjahani (Royal Rest House), of the Corner Towers. Thanks to internationally funded projecs the authorities have been able to import red sandstone from India for the conservation works.
d) Redefinition of the boundaries
The State Party reports that the boundaries of Lahore Fort and ShalamarGardens have been defined and that notifications in this respect have been issued by the Government of Punjab.
e) Removal of encroachments and control of urban pressure
The State Party has acquired land for parking and a public facilities at the south-east corner of ShalamarGardens. Efforts on the Government side are being made to control the urban pressure and encroachments inside the buffer zone.
f) Prioritisation for allocation and use of available resources
Information on the amount of funding for conservation works as foreseen in the Master Plans for Lahore and Shalamar Gardens has been provided, although no further information is given concerning the prioritisation for the use of these and other resources.
The State Party report does not provide any further information concerning progress made with the preparation of the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009), nor have the redefined boundaries been submitted for formal approval to the World Heritage Committee according to the procedures set out in the Operational Guidelines.
The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies note the considerable progress made in the implementation of the Master Plans for the Lahore Fort and ShalamarGardens, notably as concerns the conservation of individual buildings and structures within the property and the measures taken to protect the remains of the demolished water tanks. They further note that work remains to be done to ensure an effective control of encroachments around the ShalamarGardens. This is a delicate issue that requires careful consultations with the local community and appropriate solutions that balance conservation needs and sustainable development.
As regards the draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies suggest that this be addressed in the framework of the Periodic Reporting exercise for Asia and Pacific, when the State Party will receive training and technical assistance. Once the State Party has submitted a proposal for the extension of the property, as recommended by the World Heritage Committee at previous sessions, and based on the progress made on controlling urban pressure on the two component sites of the property, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies consider that a monitoring mission could be dispatched to assess the possibility of removing the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger.