LAHORE - Geographic Information System Laboratory has been set up in the Forests Department Punjab for checking of forests on scientific basis at a cost of Rs 50 million.

This was disclosed by Provincial Minister for Forests, Wildlife and Fisheries Malik Muhammad Asif Bha Awan while presiding over a meeting here on Sunday.

The minister said highly qualified and experienced staff had been recruited for looking after technical matters and benefiting from this laboratory which included manager geographic information system, geographic information analyst, data analyst, draftsman and computer operator. The laboratory will work under the control of conservator working plan.

He said a comprehensive information would be obtained from the laboratory in a very short period.

He said that help was being taken from the laboratory for future planning of 27 canal forests spreading over 170174 acre land and 68 river forests on 52500 acre land comprising Kasur, Okara, Lahore, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh, Sargodha, Mianwali, Multan, Chichawatni, Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Jhang, Layyah and other forest divisions.