LAHORE - After Gawalmandi Food Street meets its tragic end, another food street known as Heritage Street in Anarkali is likely to be closed down sooner or later. Both food streets have become a part of a tourists guide to the Old City and if Anarkali Food Street ceases to exist like Gawalmandi Food Street, city will be deprived of its one of the biggest attraction for tourists around the globe. According to sources, authority concerned is giving serious thought to shut down Anarkali Food Streets on the similar ground that led to sad closure of Gawalmandi Food Street. The so-called basic reason that was given regarding closure of the Gawalmandi Food Street was to address the longstanding complaints of residents of the locality that it had become very hard for their families to move in and out of the their houses at evening time when street had been closed for vehicular traffic. The residents also complained that their female members faced some harassment like eye-teasing while passing through the food street. Sources confided that shutting down Gawalmandi Food Street was a politically motivated move. Sources revealed that PML-N leaders were behind the step as they did not like the management of 'food street due to its patronisation by PML-Q. PML-N office bearer who was true lover to food street seeking anonymity told The Nation that matter would have been settled down had shopkeepers in food streets been ready to pay extortion to the PML-N local leaders. He said that it was truly matter of extortion that was denied and as a result Lahore had to lose its famous tourist site. A number of people living around Gawalamandi and Anarkali Food street said: It seems that Punjabs new rulers cannot stomach anything that started during Gen Musharrafs regime; how could they allow the street to flourish in the heart of their political stronghold knowing that it enjoyed the former president Musharraf patronage? Certainly, in doing away with this popular haunt they might have rid the country of yet another remnant of the Musharraf era but not without depriving Lahore of one of its star attractions. If traffic congestion was the issue, then why the government was not closing down the shops at the Hall Road, Beadon Road, Rang Mehal, Kashmiri Bazaar, Suha Bazaar and many such places, said Ashraf, a shopkeeper in the food street. He said the CDGL demolished his shop without any intimation,. The majority of the food streets shopkeepers are terming the orders a move of the Punjab rulers to take revenge from their political rivals who have been running the affairs of the food street for the past eight years. When contacted DCO Lahore Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta replied that plan was not on cards to shut down Anarkali Food Street, as office had not received any complaint as it received in Gawalmandi case. He said, We are not against any tourist site but we had to take action to address the growing complaints. He said that present administration had a great taste to develop food streets in different areas and in this regard, initial work had been started. We have identified a place to set up food street in Shad Bagh near Gool Bagh. We have been mind-storming to execute the project, he added. It may be recalled that Gawalmandi Food Street in Lahore was the first food street in Pakistan that was shut down some days back. Others food streets included Anarkali Food Street, Melody Food Street and the food street in Blue Area in Islamabad, Burns Road in Karachi, the food street at Cunningham park in Peshawar. The idea of food street came to Kamran Lashari, former chairman of tourism development corporation of Punjab, and the project itself came as a joint venture between LDA and TDCP. Recreated by the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) to recapture the idyllic, old-time atmosphere of the City, the 200-yard street in the heart of Gawalmandi at Chamberlain Road was the pedestrianised street and remained thronged by people of all ages. The Food Street was a constant reminder of the Citys vibrant past. Its cobbled pathway was lined on either side with kiosks, ready to appease the customers appetite with barbecue and freshly cooked handis. With facade lighting of old buildings and projecting balconies, the atmosphere was wonderfully conducive to the enjoyment of the best of Lahore fare that was found here. The food streets made a wide range of cuisines available in a single area. Members of middle class society prefer them because they are less expensive than hotels or high-quality restaurants. Food Street in Gawalmandi was a centre of traditional Pakistani food. The site was surrounded by centuries-old buildings and places like Landa Bazaar, Mayo Hospital and Baansan-wala Bazaar. The food street was open to traffic in the morning but as the sunsets, the street was closed to motorized vehicles. Hungry visitors used to arrive and stay till very late at night, enjoying some of the best local food available in Lahore. The traditional Kashmiri-Persian architecture could still be seen, used extensively in buildings surrounding that place.