US consulate to be moved to a new building: consul general
LAHORE: US Consul General in Lahore Catherine Rodriguez has said that the Lahore consulate will be moved to a new building to allow better administration, more space and improved facilitation services to the public.
In an interview with APP here on Sunday, she said a piece of land had been identified in the provincial metropolis and work would start on it shortly after the land was acquired from the provincial government, adding that the current building housing the US consulate was built in 1933 and had become too cramped to meet its needs. The consulate has been working in this building since 1947.
To a query, Catherine Rodriguez said that in the new building, the consulate would be able to depute more staff to work for better agricultural and commercial services, cultural exchange programmes, besides keeping special focus on strengthening of ties with the businesses in America. She said that the consulate had fantastic ideas for the 20th century building like starting visa services in Lahore.
"It is estimated that 25,000 people from Punjab travel to Islamabad or Karachi for their visas annually and they can do it in Lahore provided the consulate has a new compound," she added. - APP