LAHORE - The Punjab government is all set to constitute 'Special Design Committee' to ensure the Lahore Canal Beautification programme in a couple of days. The committee will act as a building control authority that will regulate or approve constructions alongside the banks of the canal. It will have the power to decide new constructions - residential or commercial - on either side of the canal from Thokar Niaz Baig to Jallo. Unless the committee issues a No Objection Certificate (NOC), no building will be constructed. Chief Secretary Punjab will head the Special Design Committee while officials of the departments of Housing, Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Parks & Horticulture Authority (PHA) will be its members. The LDA will be assigned the duty to keep watch on the area alongside the canal from The Mall to Thokar Niaz Baig while the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) will cater the area from Mughalpura to Jallo. Under the direction of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, the special design committee will also review plan for the widening of the Lahore Canal. Sources in the LDA revealed that the Lahore Canal Beautification plan was the part of first phase of the beautification of the City that also included Ravi Park, Jallo Botanical Park, Expo Centre, Johar Town, Green House and Lahore-Kasur Road. The sources informed that the PHA was also preparing a master plan to beautify the canal to secure nature conservation interests and ensure social and recreational activities. "Under the plan, green belts alongside the canal will be improved by planting trees and flowers in abundance. And to gravitate the attention of public, a number of picnic spots would be set up. Sitting arrangements, big umbrellas and kiosks would also be established. Stalls and makeshift shops would be installed," the sources disclosed. They said a complete survey of the canal would be conducted for repairing broken portions of its banks, they added. It may be recalled that the CM appreciated the shifting of trees through transplant method in the implementation of the project of repair and construction of the roads along the canal. During the last meeting with chief secretary and officials of the LDA and PHA, the chief minister said Lahore will again be made a "City of Gardens" in order to provide better environment as well as recreational facilities to its residents. He said a comprehensive strategy had been evolved to spend Rs 480 million for beautification projects and providing recreational facilities. He said the approval of the Lahore Tree Project to import 25,000 trees, with the cooperation of private sector, was approved to give the City a green look. He also directed the officials concerned to evolve short and long term strategies for this purpose and also present more plans regarding future projects of the beautification of the City.