LAHORE - Punjab government has finally scrapped mega National Ravi Park project and is considering strict action against the persons involved in harassing the residents and the owners of land of the area through wall calking, sources told The Nation on Tuesday. It seemed that through the wall chalking the land mafia wanted to create uncertainty and sense of insecurity among the landowners, owners of mills and the residents of the area for achieving their objectives to buy land on cheap rates, they said. The government is tracing such persons who are spreading rumours on behalf of the Punjab government threatening the people of the area that any constructions in the site of National Ravi Park is prohibited and any violation in this regard would not be tolerated. They said that such elements, involved in wall calking are doing their job late at night so that they could hide their identification. Some political figures belonging to opposition parties might be behind such campaign to defame the government, they added. They said that government wanted to construct a lake on the River Ravi in order to raise and maintain rapidly decreasing ground water level of the City besides constructing a recreational park for the citizens according to international standard with an aim to make pollution free atmosphere of the City. Earlier, provincial Forest Department in collaboration with City District Government had prepared the maps of site as well as a feasibility report of the project on the instructions of CM Punjab and sent him for further approval. But later the government have to change plan of the park keeping in view problems of the people resided in dozens of villages within the park site and the problems of farmer community as well, they said. Moreover the shortage of funds required for the construction of the project and for the compensation of the landowners was also major reason. District Coordination Officer (DCO) and Administrator of City District Government (CDG) Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta talking to The Nation clarified that Nation Ravi Park project or any other project of this kind does not exist now as provincial government had already rolled back such mega projects. So far wall chalking is concerned it was not made on the behalf of the provincial government or any other department of government. He said that such wall chalking would be rubbed out within a couple of days with issuing warning to such elements involved in harassing the landowners and the residents of the area to stop frightening the people and playing with their emotions. He also clarified that such structures and buildings demolished earlier by the CDG authorities were being constructed in violation of the bylaws and building rules. However, he said that in future, no such building or structure would be demolished, constructed in accordance with CDG bylaws or approved by the authorities concerned. All the people resided in the area, having business or belong to farmers community are free to construct building, install any machinery or cultivate their agriculture land, he concluded.