Lahore: The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) and the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) will collaborate to grow 22 Miyawaki forests in the city, according to news sources. The project is estimated to cost PKR 97 million and will help tackle environmental degradation and pollution problems.
It was reported that the PHA will be responsible for developing and maintaining the forests in LDA-owned housing schemes while LDA will provide the required funds.
Under the program, 22 Miyawaki forests will be in LDA’s three major schemes- Jubilee Town, Mohlanwal Scheme, and LDA Avenue-I. Out of which, 14 forests with 135,000 plants of various species are planned to be planted on various locations in blocks A, C, D, F, H, J, and M of LDA Avenue-I.
Similarly, Seven Miyawaki forests with 70,000 trees are planned in Jubilee Town’s blocks A, B, C, D, and E. One forest with 10,000 trees is proposed in Mohlanwal Scheme.
Moreover, PHA Director General (DG) Jawad Qureshi on Tuesday, assured that the PHA will start working once the funds are transferred. Aside from this, PHA has also started working on developing forests on 51 locations in the private housing schemes. This project was launched by Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan in February this year at Racecourse Park. Meanwhile, LDA has worked on developing a Miyawaki forest at Liberty Market Park.
At the same time, to ensure cleanliness in the city parks, a drive is underway to promote a healthy environment for citizens, expressed Mr. Qureshi.