LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday sought details of the government policy on tree plantation across Punjab, a private media reported.
According to reports, director generals of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Punjab Highway Authority (PHA) besides officials of other departments concerned appeared before the court during the hearing of a petition against non-plantation of trees in the province.
The PHA DG informed the court that Rs 27 billion were required for plantation of trees. “The summary for expenditure on the project has been forwarded to the federal government and their reply is awaited,” he told the court.
The court said it was an issue of importance and so immediate steps were needed for its solution. The LHC also directed PHA, LDA and other institutions to file their replies on the petition by February 11.
It also observed that no trees were being planted in any of the cities of Punjab.
Earlier, the petitioner said chopping of trees coupled with climatic changes were triggering environmental changes quite rapidly. He requested the court to order the government to start plantation of trees in all parts of the province.