PHA to develop Asia’s largest Miyawaki urban forest: CM

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Regrets past rulers carried out irresponsible trees cutting

Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar on Thursday said that in line the PTI’s vision, the Parks & Horticulture Authority (PHA) Lahore will grow Asia’s largest Miyawaki urban forest over an area of a hundred Kanal in China Park near Saggian Bridge by planting 112,500 indigenous trees and shrubs.

“Such urban forests will also be developed at 15 other places in Lahore city to grow a total of 292,500 trees. “

Sharing details, Usman Buzdar said that 58000 trees will be planted over an area of 50 Kanal in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park while another 58000 trees will be grown over 50 Kanal in Township. 13500 trees will also be planted at 12 Kanal land of township nursery, he added.

Similarly, Miyawaki urban forests will also be developed at C-Block Sabzazar, Ganj Sarkar Sabzazar, Qaddafi Park Gulshan-e-Ravi, Saggian Interchange, Rustam Park Gulshan-e-Ravi, Karim Park, Golbagh near Data Darbar, side 1 and 2 of Mahmood Booti, Green Town, Mustafa Bhatti Park Township, Kashmir Park and Khalid Butt Park Township, he stated.

The chief minister regretted that the historic city of Lahore was defaced in past tenure by raising huge jumbled structures of concrete and irresponsible cutting of trees further devastated the environment.

Past rulers’ corruption resulted in increasing political pollution while their policies compounded the environmental degradation, he maintained.

He remarked that the lack of forests was resulting in environmental degradation and extensive tree-plantation drive will help to overcome smog and pollution.

The 10 billion tree tsunami programme is a game-changer initiative to make Pakistan clean and green and the government will overcome smog and environmental degradation by planting more and more trees, concluded the chief minister.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar strongly condemned terrorists’ attack on a vehicle of security forces in Pasni area of Baluchistan and paid tribute to the sacrifices of martyred Captain Affan Masood and Sepoy Babar Zaman.

The brave sons are maintaining peace with their toil and blood and their great sacrifices will not go down the drain, he said.

He also extended sympathies to heirs and asserted the handful of terrorists cannot weaken the strong commitment of the nation against terrorism.

Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar gave portfolio of Minister for Local Government & Community Development to Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed and a notification has also been issued by the Principal Secretary to CM.

Meanwhile, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid called on Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and briefed him about the arrangements for dealing with the fourth corona wave.

While expressing his concern over the hike in corona cases, the CM directed an effective implementation of SOPs adding that the citizens should be more careful as the infection is increasing due to the non-implementation of SOPs.

 

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