Gas load shedding: illegal felling of trees on the rise in capital

Gas load shedding: illegal felling   of trees on the rise in capital
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ISLAMABAD: With the shortage of natural gas and skyrocketing prices of the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in the winter season, a sharp increase has been witnessed in the illegal felling of trees in the capital.
The prices of firewood have also increased in the twin cities, which prompted people to stealing wood, said the residents of the capital. 
It was not only causing a huge financial loss to the authorities but also putting the capital’s beauty at risk. 
Many professional thieves cut down the trees during night and sell the wood in markets, while many others, including hotel servants, steal wood for cooking food at hotels and homes.
The people involved in such activities were also damaging the environment around green belts, public parks and the Margalla Hills. 
Naeem Ahmed, a resident of Sector F/6, told APP that thieves mostly cut down the branches of trees during night and sell the same in markets to earn money. 
The Capital Development Authority should take stern action against the culprits involve in wood stealing, he added. 
Another citizen added that such an activity increases in the winter season due to shortage of natural gas and soaring prices of LPG and firewood. 
He said that a number of people had started such acts, as they have no other option but to burn these logs to keeping their bodies warm during the cold. 

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