World Habitat Day 2011: Lahoris reminisce Canal’s grandeur, lament felling of trees

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.

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One response to “World Habitat Day 2011: Lahoris reminisce Canal’s grandeur, lament felling of trees

  1. The authorities have no idea of the consequences of cutting down these trees–it will lead to higher temperatures in Lahore, for one. See the activism around tree cutting in Bangalore http://bangalore.metblogs.com/tag/trees/

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