KP govt decides to launch Billion Tree Plus project

Chief minister also briefed on progress so, total cost and proposed alignment of D.I. Khan Motorway project.

PESHAWAR; In order to enhance forest cover in the province, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ali Amin Khan Gandapur has decided in principal to initiate Billion Tree Plus project, and directed the quarters concerned to complete home work in this regard.

This he decided while chairing a meeting of the forest and environment department, held here at Chief Minister’s House Peshawar. Provincial Minister for Forest Fazal Hakim, Principal Secretary to CM Amjad Ali Khan, Secretary Forest Nazar Hussain Shah and other relevant officials attended the meeting.
The chief minister was briefed about the performance, targets, administrative and other related matters of the department. He directed the concerned quarters to formulate an effective strategy for enhancing revenue collection of the department and preventing forest cutting in the province.

He also directed for substantial increase in the fines against illegal cutting and logging of forest timber, adding that amount of the fine should be more than the value of timber harvested so as to curb the elements that cause deforestation. “CCTV Cameras be installed at all forest check posts to keep a close watch on timber smuggling and other illegal activities”, he directed. The Chief Minister further directed them to come up with viable proposals and an action plan for promoting fisheries in the province.
Meanwhile the chief minister presided over a meeting regarding Peshawar-D.I. Khan Motorway. He was briefed about the progress so far made on the project, its total cost and proposed alignment.

The chief minister directed the concerned authorities to also consider the option of Build, Operate Transfer (BOT) mode for constructing Peshawar-D.I. Khan motorway adding that all necessary steps should be ensured in this regard.

The meeting was informed that the 365 km long D.I. Khan motorway would have two tunnels and 19 interchanges benefitting a large number of population. It was further informed that the project has also been discussed in the 8th meeting of Joint Working Group of CPEC and both the sides agreed that the project would be reconsidered in the next meeting of the Joint Working Group.

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