LAHORE, Sept 29: District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal on Saturday directed City District Government of Lahore officials to rename Shadman Chowk (roundabout) as Bhagat Singh Chowk.
Mr Mengal passed this direction to CDGL Chief Publicity Officer Dr Nadeem after a man requested him at Town Hall to rename the spot as Chaudhry Rehmat Ali Chowk.
“You know who Bhagat Singh was. He was martyred at this place (Shadman Chowk) after he fought the British army by raising a slogan of revolution in the subcontinent,” the DCO argued.
He said all citizens, including Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians, had equal rights under the Constitution of Pakistan and no one should raise any objection to the decision.
He ordered the officials to immediately place a board indicating Bhagat Singh Chowk besides issuing a public notice in the print media for seeking public comments.
The DCO also ordered the officials to rename Jail Road Chowk (near PIC/Services Hospital) as Chaudhry Rehmat Ali Chowk.
The DCO told Dawn the decision to rename Shadman Chowk was an acknowledgement of the revolutionary spirit of Bhagat Singh for the subcontinent.
ANTI-DENGUE DRIVE: The DCO visited some government and private hospitals and inspected measures to prevent dengue.
He got arrested a doctor of Umer Hospital over ‘pathetic’ condition on the rooftop of the health facility.
He also visited Mian Munshi Hospital and expressed his displeasure over inadequate arrangements.
At Mian Nawaz Sharif Hospital, he asked the officials to remove water in front of the hospital’s main gate.
Earlier, Mr Mengal distributed appointment letters among newly-recruited schoolteachers of the CDGL schools.