Gujranwala: The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) has announced to launch an operation against herders and cattle traders found using parks and greenbelts as grazing grounds for their animals, a news source reported. For this purpose, the authority recently constituted a squad.
PHA Chairman SA Hameed expressed his views on the matter during a meeting with members of the team tasked with monitoring parks and greenbelts in Gujranwala. He said that the cattle traders reach urban centres during the Eid-ul-Azha season and occupy open land where the animals graze on the green fields.
Such frequent instances of the cattle grazing in the grass destroys green belts, which the PHA had previously spent months to beautify, he added. He also advised the herders to avoid constructing temporary settlements on open land meant for public spaces.
For this purpose, several PHA teams has been tasked with taking legal action against people using public spaces (including parks and greenbelts) for selling and grazing their animals. The preventative measures also include heavy fines and confiscation of animals.