LAHORE - The Shalimar Garden is still a part of the UNESCOs list of endangered historical sites around the world since 1981 in spite of acquiring huge funds of 50 million this year by the government. Slow pace of repairing work is also contributing to its devastation. Sources disclosed that the garden had been ignored for the last 26 years since the administration had launched its renovation campaign. Poor sanitation system, deserted look of the Royal Bathroom and crumbling walls has marred beauty of the garden. Director Archaeology Shahbaz Khan, Preservation Incharge of Shalimar Garden, said that after being the garden listed as endangered site by the international body, the government had been funding regularly to improve the great historical place. He said the garden was handed over to the provincial government in 2004 and since then we had been working on it to restore its original beauty. We may achieve our goals by the end of next year he pledged. He said the department had incurred Rs 14.3 million the completion of renovation including the perimeters walls, outside of GT Road wall, inner side of the Royal sleeping room and geometrical pattern of red bricks. A senior official, requesting not to be identified, said that in 1981 the garden was included in the list of UNESCOs world heritage sites in danger along with Lahore Fort. Despite the repeated warning by the UNESSCO, the government failed to wake up and do the much needful in restoring its old glory. He further said only 25 to 30 per cent work had been completed in Shalimar Garden while 60 to 70 per cent in Lahore Fort. He said that only Nigar Khana and some other entry points were being renovated while the fountains were made functional only on the arrival of dignitaries or foreign tourists. He said a project to establish parks around the garden was planned on the pattern of Lahore Fort, but the plan was never materialised. A visitor, Nasreen Atta, 25, said that to create an original atmosphere in the garden they were not taking urgent measures. They were not sure whether or not the clay being used to renovate the garden matched to that used by the Mughals, she said, adding that less skilled workers operating in the ongoing project were unaware about the importance of preservation of the Mughal architect. Farrukh Faiz, 10, showing his disappointment said that after dreadful sight of the garden - flying rappers, broken paths, stagnant water and declining walls - he would not wish to visit the garden again, adding that a canteen should also be established here. Another visitor Noman Khan said that the ongoing renovation was insufficient for capturing the level fixed by the UNESCO, adding, If this sluggish process of renovation prolonged then how will we become able to achieve our targets in short time? An official also disclosed that the people were losing interest in visiting the garden day by day due to its ramshackle condition. Even on special events and holidays, the garden presents a deserted look, he added. He said allocation of Rs 3 billion for the monuments renovation was not apparent anywhere. Administrator of Shalimar Garden Salman Taoqeer said that many projects of Shalimar Garden were pending and waiting for the allocation of budget. He said they were in contact with the city district government and were demanding to restore original land of the garden as its one part was being utilised for GT Road and housing colony.