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The Lahore Branch Canal (LBC) was constructed by the Mughals and upgraded during the British Raj. Measuring 70 kilometres, the canal originates outside the city, near the village of Khaira; passing through farmland, Lahore’s historical sites and newer suburban developments, the LBC ends at the Kot Maiga area on Multan Road. The Canal plays a central role in the cultural and historical identity of Lahore.
A canal for all seasons… Lahoris love their Canal. Come hail or sunshine they will find an excuse to flock down to the banks of their beloved water feature, especially along the famed Canal Bank Road. When springtime arrives, the Canal comes alive with activity; the tree lined banks are abloom with flowers and strung with fairy lights, while colourful and creative floats bob on the water’s surface. The mild weather and pretty decorations attract visitors by the droves. When the scorching summer rolls around, the LBC becomes one long lido; those who have no access to private pools and generators come to the Canal to get respite from the rising mercury and load shedding. While young boys and men enjoy a splash in the water, families catch some fresh air under the shady trees, partaking in refreshing fruit and drinks on sale at the makeshift stands along the Canal.
Living by the canal… Canal Bank Road passes through a variety of localities including farmland (from Khaira to Mughalpura) and some of Lahore’s older and most upscale residential areas including Garden Town, Gulberg, Shah Jamal and Zaman Park. Punjab University’s Quaid-i-Azam Campus is also located alongside Canal Bank Road; the hostels and faculty departments afford scenic views of the Canal. Newer residential areas developed along the Canal include Canal View Housing Society, Johar Town and Tech Society.
In a nutshell… The Canal is an essential part of Lahore’s historical and cultural identity. Since its inception it has quite literally flowed through the city as an important artery along which Lahore’s economical, cultural and social life has evolved over the decades.
– Maheen Hassan
REAL ESTATE PRICE guide
Canal Bank Road, Lahore | 2013
500 sq yds 11.5-40 million 25,000-100,000
1,000 sq yds 20-60 million 50,000-200,000
2,000 sq yds 30-120 million 250,000-400,000
3,000 sq yds 35-150 million 300,000-500,000
500 sq yds 6-30 million ——————-
1,000 sq yds 10-50 million ——————-
2,000 sq yds 20-100 million ——————
3,000 sq yds 35-140 million ——————-
NB: All prices are in rupees. Stated measurements are standard measurements for properties listed.
Values are based on estimated figures and are subject to change.
For details/clarifications please contact the source: Hamza Estate
First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on June 23, 2013.