Punjab P&D starts tree plantation drive

Staff Reporter

Punjab Planning & Development Department (P&D) in collaboration with Forest Department organized a launching of tree plantation drive under the Pakistan Plantation Campaign here at P&D
Complex on Monday.
Punjab P&D Chairman Habibur Rehman Gilani planted a Gulmohar (Gold Mohar) in the lawn of
P&D Department premises.
On the occasion, the Chairman said that nine million plants under the budgetary allocation of three billions would be planted across Punjab Province. All the Forest’s Projects would be included in the
ADP 2018-19 under the tree plantation drive. Under the Public Private Partnership Programme, he added, the Private Sector would be involved to boost up the plantation drive. Government would also cover the black areas of the cities during the said drive, as Green Pakistan was the top priority of the Federal Government. Maximum tree plantation was a national requirement to control flood erosion, air pollution and make the environment human-friendly, Chairman added.
Gilani stated that ornamental and fancy trees did not fulfill need of plantation as the only shady and huge trees could provide sufficient oxygen to over-come air pollution. later, Chairman P&D
offered Dua after planting a sapling.
Members of P&D Board Dr. Abid Bodla, Agha Waqar Javed, Sadaqat Hussain, Khalid Sultan, Additional Secretary P&D Dr. Shahid Adil, Chief Agriculture Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Managing Director Investment Climate Reforms Unit Maleeha Bangish, Chief Conservator Forest Department Abdul Basit, Tariq Nasim Deputy Secretary (Planning) Forest, Muhammad Saleem District Forest Officer Lahore, Muhammad Sharif Publicity Incharge Forest Department & other officials of P&D and Forest Departments & representatives of Media also attended the launching ceremony.

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