LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered the authorities to devise a comprehensive plan of horticulture on the route of Orange Line Metro Train.

Presiding over a meeting here yesterday, the chief minister said greenbelts should be developed alongside roads where suitable space is available.

The meeting reviewed the progress on the plan of developing big cities in Punjab, besides making Lahore greener through horticulture.

The CM also approved construction of cultural pavilion at Dera Gujran near Ring Road, Lahore.

“Besides planting of saplings under tree plantation campaign, their look after is also essential,” said Shahbaz Sharif, adding that attention should be paid to making the cities beautiful through flowers and plants.

The proposal of developing greenbelts on railway track from Shahdara to Raiwind should also be considered, the chief minister told the meeting.

“A plan regarding horticulture around roads on both sides of drains in Lahore should be evolved, and the model of LOS drain should be replicated in this regard,” he added.

Shahbaz Sharif further ordered that the work of identification of land for setting up forest park in Lahore should be completed at the earliest. Land should also be identified for setting up forest parks in other big cities, he added.

“Along big roads, the work for beautifying walls of public and private buildings through horticulture should be expedited.”

The CM directed that a comprehensive plan should be presented for setting up picnic points and places of recreational facilities for children on both sides of canal from Thokar Niaz Baig to Jallo.

“Punjab government has promoted horticulture in the province and big cities including Lahore have been made cities of flowers,” said Federal Minister for Railways Kh Saad Rafique, who was also present in the meeting.

He added the Railways department will extend all out cooperation for developing greenbelts on railway track from Shahdara to Raiwind.

CM Shahbaz also ordered the authorities to set up a committee to work our plan to remove encroachments, improve parks and expand the scope of model carts in Lahore and every major city of the province.

“A plan should be presented to improve parking, removing encroachments and expanding the scope of model carts,” said the CM, adding that the committee should submit practical recommendations within 15 days.

KP governor meets CM: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi met Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif yesterday, and discussed matters of mutual interest and promotion of inter-provincial harmony.

The CM, on the occasion, said Pakistan is passing through a critical juncture and the importance of unity and consensus has increased ever before in the present circumstances. “We all have to steer Pakistan out of problems,” he added.

“Nation will have to display exemplary unity for foiling the nefarious designs of the enemy,” said Shahbaz Sharif, adding that students of Sindh, KPK, Baluchistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan have been included in the educational programmes of Punjab, through which national solidarity and brotherhood is being promoted.

He also expressed the hope that Pakistan will be rid of energy crisis and terrorism.

Talking on the occasion, Governor Abbasi lauded the efforts of Shahbaz Sharif in making Punjab a role model for other provinces.