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LHC imposes a ban on chopping of trees in Lahore

No NOC should be issued for chopping of trees for any project: LHC orders

LHC imposed a ban on the chopping of trees in Lahore!

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday imposed a ban on the cutting of trees in a bid to control the smog in the walled city.

The court said that a law should be enacted to declare tree-cutting a crime.

The decision was taken as the LHC heard a petition seeking curbs to control smog.

Justice Shahid Karim remarked that the smog situation in Lahore is already very bad and it shouldn’t be worsened by cutting the trees.

The court also ordered that the Environment Protection Department should not issue any no objection certificate (NOC) for the chopping of trees for any project.

LHC also directed to put emergency numbers in densely populated areas for those who violate the traffic rules.

As per the court’s directions, the Charrar drain has been handed over to the Water And Sanitation Agency (WASA) Lahore, a member of the Environment Protection Department informed the judge.

The caretaker Punjab government also submitted a report to the court regarding the services of Chinese experts to control smog.

The deputy attorney general appearing before the court said that the caretaker government has also issued a working paper to hire Chinese experts for their services.

The court ordered to share of the working paper with the Chinese government through the federal government.

Justice Karim remarked that the smog will be controlled with the help of Chinese experts.

The court has adjourned the hearing of the case till February 17.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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