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November 30, 2019

Removal of encroachments from Loi Bheer Wildlife Park directed

Islamabad

November 30, 2019

Rawalpindi :Secretary Forest, Wildlife and Fisheries Captain (r) Mohammad Mahmood has said that in order to protect land of Lohi Bheer Wildlife Park from land mafia, boundary pillars be erected and especially seek guidance from the map prepared by the Survey of Pakistan to protect the park’s land adjacent to Korang Town.

He directed the concerned officers to ensure removal of encroachments from the land of Park and in this regard department should approach the Supreme Court through Advocate General. He emphasised the Forest officials to restore the Chak Plantation scheme throughout the province and to establish large-scale plant nurseries and accelerate the process of tree plantation. He also directed the Fisheries officials that a comparative report regarding production of fish hatcheries and expenditures be presented to him and TORs should be framed to outsource the fisheries nursery units and hatcheries.

He gave these directions during his visit to Lohi Bheer and Bansra Gali Wildlife Parks, Fish hatcheries and chairing a meeting in forest department. DG Wildlife and Parks Lt. Sohail Ashraf and other concerned officers were also present on these occasions. He expressed displeasure over the cleanliness issues and lack of quality care arrangements for visitors in the Parks and warned the concerned Deputy Director Wildlife to improve all pointed out issues within 30 days otherwise strict disciplinary action would be taken against him. On discussing the water scarcity issues, he directed that ponds should be constructed to make rain water safe which will not only helpful in catering the water needs of the animals but the park too. He said that immediate steps should be taken to provide quality recreational facilities to the public at the Lohi Bheer and Bansara Galli Wildlife Parks and ensure the installation of attractive and colorful boards containing information about the animals and birds. He also stressed upon the need to repair cages and enclosures.

He also ordered that deer enclosure to be restored and trees be planted on the park's vacant land before next spring.