LAHORE: (APP) Provincial Minister for Forests , Wildlife & Fisheries Malik Muhammad Asif Bha Awan has said that the Forests department is doing its level best to provide maximum recreational facilities to the masses and in this regard,
Shahdara Reserve Forest (Kroll Jhugian) is being converted into recreational park and work is going on speedily on this project.
He expressed these views while visiting Shahdara Reserve Forest (Kroll Jhugian), here on Wednesday. Chief Conservator of Forests Central Zone Rana Shabbir Ahmed and other officers were also present on this occasion.
Provincial Minister said that tree plantation was made on 600 acres of land in 2014-15 whereas in 2015-16, more 50 acre of land had been brought under plantation.
Malik Muhammad Asif Bha Awan said the department is going to green 125,000 acre vacant and barren land through private companies and only 10,000 acre land would be provided to a company so that they could make allotted land green in a better way.
The Provincial Minister said that in order to provide security to the visitors, Kroll Jhugian Forest is being barbwired and 35,000 feet have been secured by placing barbwire.
He said that according to the vision of the Chief Minister, Forests department is struggling hard to provide natural and pure environment to the visitors in recreational places under its control.
He said that out of total area of 937 acres, two acre land has been allocated for children where their favourite recreational facilities would be provided which would be completed within a month.
The Minister said that a summary is in process and approval would be obtained from Chief Minister to declare Kroll Jhugian as an ultimate recreational park and after approval more facilities like Jallo Park and Changa Manga would be provided so that Lahorites could enjoy this facility near their home.
Chief Conservator of Forests Central Zone Rana Shabbir Ahmed told that Kroll Jhuggian was watered through turbines and peter engines and 29 kind of trees and plants had been planted so far.
Moreover, Provincial Minister paid a detailed visit to the Kroll Jhuggian Forest and appreciated the performance of officers and officials who spend their day and nights to complete this project.
He also distributed shields, certificates and cash prizes among those who performed good work.