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Lahore: The Parks & Horticulture Authority (PHA) has decided to compile data of all the trees and saplings it owns in its controlled areas to assess the Lahore’s actual requirement and the authority’s initiatives to improve the situation and overcome related issues.

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Mr. Qureshi agreed that trees remained safe in the recent years partly because no major projects except Firdous Market Underpass were launched during the last couple of years.

However, 1,700 grown trees to be cut down for an expressway project from Gulberg to Motorway remained safe since the government dropped the project from its priority list due to lack of funds and litigation.

The Lahore High Court, last month, on a writ petition filed by the Judicial water Commission chairman retired Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi, took notice of the proposed plan of cutting down 45 trees due to a couple of development projects and stopped the authority from doing so.

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According to the PHA DG, he had told the court that the authorities planted more trees than the uprooted/chopped ones.

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