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CDA registers eight cases over illegal cutting of trees

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has registered eight cases against illegal cutting of trees in different sectors of the capital.Talking to the media personnel, CDA’s officer Asif Khichi said that during the last four months, eight cases were registered against the outlaws and stolen woods were confiscated from them. The CDA has decided to take strict action against the contractors if they are found involved in the cutting of trees during the execution of roads, bridges, and other projects, Khichi added. In this regard, orders have also been issued that no tree would be cut from the site of any development project, instead they would be dug out carefully and planted somewhere else, he added.“The CDA has launched a strict check on lumbering, transit, and sale of timber in the city,” he added. He said that special teams have been constituted by the Environment Wing of the authority to keep a vigil on the cutting of trees. A senior CDA official on the basis of anonymity said that the staff appointed to protect the woods sometimes cut the trees themselves for fuel. The official said that some people root out small plants and cut branches of the trees during night time and take them to Saidpur to sell on pickups. “There are villages in the foothills without basic necessities of life,” official said, adding that wood from the Margalla Hills is a livelihood for the poor. He said that the officials on night duties disappear from their duties with the sunset and the thieves find no hurdle in cutting the trees and plants. Widening of Kashmir Highway: The widening of the Kashmir Highway from Peshawar Mor to Golra Mor would be completed by June 30.An official of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), while talking to the media personnel on Tuesday, said that because of the unexpected rains, the work was stopped on the project for 34 days. He said that the civic agency faced various problems in executing the project, including that the traffic could not be diverted to any alternative road due to which the pace of work suffered. However, he said, “We would complete the project by June 30.”He said that after the completion of the project, it would take only 15 to 20 minutes to drive from Zero Point to the new airport. After the opening of the New Islamabad International Airport near Fatehjang, most of the traffic to and from the airport would be using the 11 kilometres portion of the highway from Peshawar Mor to the G.T. Road. It may be mentioned here that the work on the widening of the 8.5 kilometres long patch from Peshawar Mor to Golra started in September 2010. CDA to crackdown on sellers of sub-standard edibles: CDA member Amir Ali Ahmed has directed the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) to constitute special teams for operation against substandard fruit and drink sellers in the city.“As per principles of public health and relevant rules, action should be taken against sellers of substandard, unhygienic, and expired food stuff,” he said. On directions of Ahmed, special teams are being constituted to take action against the sale of unhygienic food stuff. The teams would start their operation immediately and weekly progress report would be submitted to him.Meanwhile, during the previous week, 69 notices and 32 challans were issued to the violators. One khokha at G11, and one nan centre in Sector G8 were partially sealed. Furthermore, 40 expired bottles, four dozen packets of non-branded snacks, and 35 unhygienic utensils were confiscated and then destroyed. The said action was taken by two specially formed DHS teams, each headed by a food inspector working under supervision of a health officer. Performance of the teams is being examined on daily basis. 

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