Gujrat: In a bid to maintain the Parks And Greenbelts In Gujrat, the city administration of the city has decided to establish, Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) in the city. In a summary sent to the chief minister for approval, the district administration has said that since the population of the city is increasing rapidly and the city has already become a metropolitan city there has emerged a dire need of protecting green areas and parks, and trees in the city. The existing capacity of the metropolitan corporation is insufficient to cope with the ever-increasing needs, the summary said.
The Deputy Commissioner in the summary sent to the chief minister for approval cited that the city is a part of the ‘Golden Industrial Triangle’ of Pakistan and there are four major parks in the city including the Shahbaz Sharif Park which spreads over an area of 90 acres along with a 46 Km of greenbelt areas that speaks of the need of a separate agency for the protection and expansion of greenbelts. The project will be completed at a cost of 63 million while the expected income of the authority will be around 75 million that will make the agency a self-sustaining body.
Earlier the Federal Minister for Water Resources Monis Elahi was briefed by the district administration for the need for a separate body to maintain the greenbelts and parks of the city. The minister had asked the concerned authority to prepare a comprehensive proposal and send it to the Punjab government. It was also informed that the proposal of setting up an authority for waste management has already been sent to the Punjab government for approval.