ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Environment Hameedullah Jan Afridi Tuesday informed Upper House of the Parliament that about 107,000 hectares area was deforested during 1993 to 2008. During the Question Hour session, the Minister informed that the major damage to green cover took place in Hazara, Kohistan and Malakand Divisions of the NWFP. He also informed that 84 percent of the illicitly cut wood was consumed by the local residents as firewood. He stressed on provision of alternate sources of the energy in the mentioned areas to prevent illegal chopping of the trees. In response to a supplementary question, the Minister informed that only 2 percent green cover in Malakand Division was destroyed due to the military operations in the area. Afridi maintained that the Ministry of Environment monitored change in forest cover after every five years. He, however, added that the authority to implement relevant laws rested with provincial govts. Minister for Communication Dr Arbab Alamgir informed the House that the National Highway Authority (NHA) had collected Rs 6,064 million from various toll plazas on the national highways and motorways during July 2009 to February 2010. He also informed that the Authority had earmarked Rs 13 billion for maintenance of the national highways during the ongoing fiscal year. The House unanimously passed the National School of Public Policy (Amendment) Bill, 2010. The National Assembly has already passed the Bill. Senator Professor Khurshid, on a point of order, said that the Government should take action against the NGO, which allegedly made fake video of girl flogging. He said that the perpetrators of fake video had damaged the countrys image. Chairman Senate Farooq H Naek directed Minister for Interior Rehman Malik to thoroughly probe into the matter and submit report to the House by Friday. He also referred the matter regarding US $ 1 billion scam in LNG contract to the respective committee of the House. Senator Haji Adeel protested against proposed plan of the Federal Government to provide NWFPs share of water from Ghazi Barotha Canal to Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Senator Lashkari Raisani said President Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Qazi Anwar had once again used derogatory language against the Parliamentarians. He said that Qazi Anwar was playing in hands of anti-political forces. Senator Ibrahim stressed the Government to resume mobile phone networks in Bannu district. The House was adjourned till Wednesday.