With reporting by Abdul Rehman Bukhari
Gilgit, April 12: The Gilgit-Baltistan administration is reportedly planning to destroy a 50 kanal wide forest complex in the Jutial area of Gilgit, to construct a government building.
According to sources, the administration has bowed down to pressure from a certain organization to chop down the more than 2800 trees grown over a long period of time by the government, using tens of millions of rupees form the national exchequer.
Chopping down of the trees, apart from destroying the region’s beauty, is also likely to destabilize the city’s environment. Civil society organizations have condemned the project and demanded that it be scrapped immediately. The project is reportedly being planned in gross violation of the Environmental Protection Act.