Eco-friendly Ravi Urban project to generate $40 billion: PM
“The project will not only prove beneficial for Lahore, but for the entire country in addressing the environmental and financial problems,” he said at the launch of the country’s first-ever ‘Smart Forest’ near Sheikhupura under the Ravi Urban project.
The prime minister said the project would stop the sewage water seeping into River Ravi, which ultimately flowed up to the River Indus passing through Sindh.
Under the Ravi Urban project, the prime minister said, around 10 million trees would be planted, besides construction of three barrages at the river. Filtration plants will ensure provision of clean water to the public, he added.
He asked Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to remain undeterred, amid challenges and work towards timely completion of the project.
The prime minister termed water scarcity, deforestation and glacier melting the biggest challenge for the country, which was among the 10 most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
He said massive forestation was vital to save the country for the coming generations. “If we want to hand over a green and clean Pakistan to our next generation, plantation is the foremost solution,” he added.
The prime minister regretted deforestation in the country over the time, terming it disastrous in terms of climate change.
He recalled that Lahore, once used to be called the City of Gardens, had turned into a polluted place with pollutants touching the hazardous levels.
“Therefore, the Ravi project is not only important for Lahore but for the entire country,” he said.
The prime minister said the growth of every plant would be monitored in collaboration with the tech giant Huawei.
Sensors would keep a vigil on ruthless cutting of trees, he said, and expressed confidence that the project would be replicated in other parts of the country.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, one billion trees had been planted, he said, and highlighted the ongoing countrywide campaign of planting 10 billion trees to make the country green.
Earlier, the prime minister planted a sapling in the forest, which is first-of-its-kind being equipped with technology sensors and surveillance systems.
Buzdar and senior officials of the Punjab government were present on the occasion.
The Rakh Jhok Forest is a project of Ravi Urban Development Authority, covering 24,000 kanals of land. The technology giant Huawei will be the smart partner in the project.
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