LAHORE Parks and Horticulture Authority will cut down not less than 400 trees from Canal Bank Road, starting from Thokar Niaz Baig to Punjab University Campus Underpass, under Remodeling Project for widening of the road, sources informed TheNation. They further informed that government decided to add about four feet more space from each side of the road for further extension of Canal Bank Road. The govt directed the PHA authorities to conduct a survey of both sides of the road from University Campus to Thokar Niaz Baig. However, the experts of PHA conducted survey and reported the authorities concerned that about 400 more trees will have to cut down in case of extension of the road, the sources added. They said government directed the PHA authorities to implement the orders of the government without further delay. They said government took the plea while issuing directions that Supreme Court of Pakistan, in a review petition, submitted by the provincial government, allowed the provincial government for further four feet extension of the road. The number of trees, to be cut down by the government for widening of the Canal Bank Road will reach number of 968 if the recently marked trees would be included, they maintained. Earlier, a departments survey report revealed the PHA marked as many as 568 trees from both sides of Canal Bank Road before the execution of the Remodeling Project. They had been identified by the PHA experts during the recounting process. Under such Remodeling Project of Canal Bank Road, the government was desiring to add one lane by widening the road in order to ensure smooth flow of traffic and for the purpose the government has to get court orders, the sources further added. Moreover, the officials had claimed in their initial survey report that they finally succeeded to save not less that 432 precious and old trees out of the total 1000, which earlier were being marked by the engineers and designers of Remodeling Project. However, the new management was not satisfied with the survey as well as the feasibility reports prepared by the previous managements of PHA and Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency as a joint venture. The survey report further revealed that so far trees chopped down by the officials deputed for the purpose were also ensuring that such trees fell by them would be removed safely and immediately from the roadsides in order to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the Canal Bank Road. As many as 200 employees including gardeners and other staffers of PHA were performing their duties at the site and they were collecting and keeping the pieces of removed trees at roadside but away from the road because such pieces and trunks of trees could create hurdle during the construction of the Road, survey report further revealed. However, trunks and branches of chopped down trees have been shifted at some safe places or at warehouses of government, which later would be sold out through an open auction in the presence of media so that transparency of the auction of trees could be ensured, said Director Parks and Horticulture Authority, Javed Shaida while talking to TheNation. He further said that saving about 432 trees from Canal Bank Road was a big achievement on part of the experts of PHA because they succeeded to save almost half of the trees from felling, which mostly were belonging to valuable species and were considered part of heritage of the City.