CM orders ban on construction in Makhnyal forests area

Staff Reporter

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan while taking notice of illegal construction activities being carried out in Makhnyal forests area in District Haripur and purchase/sale of forests land for commercial purposes therein, directed the quarters concerned to immediately impose ban on all types of construction activities in the said area.

He has also directed the quarters concerned to impose section 144 to this effect and ensure its strict implementation further directing them to take strict action under section 188 of Pakistan Panel Code against those who violate section 144.

He issued these directives while chairing a meeting held here on Monday to devise a strategy to ensure preservation of Makhnyal Forest acres.

Acting Chief Secretary Zafar Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, concerned Administrative Secretaries, Commissioner Hazara, Deputy Commissioner and District Police Officer Haripur, Director General Galyat Development Authority and other concerned senior officials attended the meeting.

The chief minister directed the high ups of Local Government Department to initiate strict action against the concerned Tehsil Municipal Officer of Haripur for the issuance of illegal NOCs for the construction of commercial buildings in the guzara forests of Makhnyal and refer the case to anti-corruption establishment for investigation.

He further directed suspension of concerned chief conservator and immediate transfer of other concerned staff for negligence towards their duties.

The forum decided to carryout proper classification/zoning/demarcation of Makhnyal forests and directed the Galyat Development Authority to complete the classification/zoning/demarcation process within three months period.

It was also decided to constitute a commission comprising the senior officials of Forests Department, Revenue and Galyat Development Authority for the demarcation/classification of Makhnyal Forests.

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