LAHORE - The Punjab government has decided to construct three forest parks in the city.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting yesterday, which reviewed the pace of progress on the steps taken for tree plantation and promotion of horticulture. The meeting gave approval to construct forest parks at three different sites in provincial metropolis.

During the meeting, the CM said that a solid strategy has been evolved for the promotion of tree plantation and horticulture in the province. “Development projects have been prepared for enhance beauty of the cities.”

The chief minister directed the authorities to accelerate the work for improving recreational facilities and rehabilitation of parks. All the institutions concerned should work in a coordinated manner for beautification of the cities through horticulture and tree plantation, he added.

Shahbaz Sharif directed to constitute a Steering Committee which will be autonomous and take steps for the promotion of tree plantation and horticulture.

He said that the committee will also ensure timely completion of the projects relating to horticulture, tree plantation, landscaping and rehabilitation of parks.

The Punjab government will also develop parks at railway areas and Railways authorities will maintain them, he added.

The CM was of the view that encroachments not only affect beauty of the cities but also create traffic problems. Therefore, the authorities should evolve a comprehensive plan with mutual consultation for removing encroachments on permanent basis, he directed.

He also ordered that a comprehensive plan with regard to setting up of picnic points and promotion of horticulture from Dharampura to Wahga Border be submitted within two weeks.

The CM further ordered that walls of the buildings along roadsides should also be made beautiful through horticulture and ivies. The process of beautification of metro bus route, stations and bridges should be accelerated and modern technology should be used for promotion of horticulture, tree plantation and rehabilitation of parks, he added.