During the meeting, it was decided to severe punishment for cutting down trees that entailed a summary trial with a minimum imprisonment of three days and a fine of up to Rs 50,000. The meeting also agreed to amend the Punjab Horticulture Authority Act 2012.
Shahbaz said that “The Punjab government is promoting horticulture in the province, due to which, not only beauty of cities is increasing but also helping overcome the problem of pollution. It is the policy of the Punjab government to make projects beautiful and attractive through horticulture, under which, trees will be planted on dividers between roads for increasing beauty of cities.”
He then called for the strict implementation of the new law and plantation of saplings and ivy on vacant places around drains and evolving a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate parks of Lahore. He said the plan should be evolved with the cooperation of the Forests Department. The Punjab Horticulture Authority’s director general too gave a briefing about the horticulture and tree plantation.
News source: Business Recorder