By Taha Siddiqui
LAHORE: “It was a beautiful sight,” reminisces Tahir Frooq, a labourer working on widening the Canal Road in Lahore.
“To see such lush green trees being cut saddens me,” Farooq laments. Like him, a majority of Lahore’s residents are unhappy with the widening of the road on either side of the canal.
After a five-year legal battle between environmentalists and the Punjab government, the Supreme Court in September allowed for partial felling on trees along a seven-kilometre-long patch of the canal, to pave the way for road widening.
“Visiting the Canal Road is painful. I cannot see the trees being felled,” says Imrana Tiwana from the Lahore Bachao Tehreek, the person behind the petition which demanded the end of the road widening project.