fbpx

Lahore: PHA resumes Canal road-widening project

LAHORE: The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) and the Communication and Works Department have resumed the road-widening project along the Canal and are uprooting dozens of trees near Thokar Niaz Baig.

Similar activity was reported in the area in April. The authorities had stopped work due to public pressure and criticism, but have restarted development work between Punjab University (PU) Campus and Thokar Niaz Baig. The authorities have demolished a large number of old and new trees in the area during recent months in order to widen the road and to construct a flyover.

Experts term this uprooting a suicidal act since these trees not only protected the city’s environment, but also balanced the underground water level. Critics believe the renewed demolition is part of the previous government’s plan to eliminate tens of thousands of trees from the Canal between Jallo Park and Thokar Niaz Baig to develop a wider road and to rid the city of traffic jams.

A large number of citizens and professionals have held protests across the city under the banner of Lahore Conservation Society (LCS), forcing the government to halt the project. The citizens criticised ongoing tree cutting in the Thokar area, terming it a slow implementation of the previous government’s plan.

Senior architect Kamil Khan Mumtaz, a member of LCS, told Daily Times the professionals and citizens had no personal gain through protesting against tree cutting and commercialisation but did this to ensure a better future for the city and the next generations. Mumtaz said the government could handle traffic problems by adopting modern techniques such as removing encroachments from roads, banning various vehicles in highly populated areas and complete dependence on public transport or walking in certain areas. These methods are effectively adopted in developed cities such as London and Paris, he said.

Indigenous trees: PHA Director General (DG) Dr Raheel Siddiqui said the entire tree cutting activity took place before he took charge of office. He said plantation of thousands of indigenous trees in the Thokar area has been ordered to compensate the loss and would start in a week. Siddiqui said development work in the area was necessary to ensure smooth traffic flow but the authorities were aware of the environmental hazards involved. He said along with the flyover, a large park and green belt would also be constructed in the area to counter pollution.

Source: Daily Times

Lahore: PHA resumes Canal road-widening project
Join eProperty Telegram Group for Latest DHA Files Rate and News Update

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Thank you for your interest & trust on eProperty®. it is requested to you please always insist for Company Bank Account Number for Token Money or any other dues. Do not send any amount to any of our Agent’s personal account. eProperty® is not responsible for any such payments. Always call / whatsapp at Agent’s official number. We are not responsible for any communication made at Agent’s personal number. Please WhatsApp details at our Hotline +923111042111 before transferring any token money, transfer fees, govt taxes, duties & commissions etc. To verify our Agent please visit our Team Page.

Lahore: PHA resumes Canal road-widening project
Scroll to top
Open chat
WhatsApp Hotline
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

مہربانی فرما کر ہمارا نمبر 00923111042111 اپنے موبائل کی رابطہ لسٹ میں محفوظ کر لیں۔ اگر یہ نمبر آپکے موبائل کی رابطہ لسٹ میں محفوظ نہی تو آپ کو ہماری طرف سے تازہ معلومات موصول نہی ہوں گی۔

Kindly save this number in your contact list for future updates. You will not received our WhatsApp updtaes if this number +923111042111 is not saved in your contact list.

Atif Iqbal from eProperty®