LAHORE - Expressing concerns over concrete structures and roads fast replacing green cover and trees in the historic City, organizations working for protection of environment have stressed the need of checking construction of roads, flyovers and plazas in the name of so called development.

Addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Monday, Convener Lahore Conservation Society Imrana Tiwana said that the unbridled development was damaging the environment and real beauty of the city.

Flanked by activists from LCS and Lahore Bachao Tehreek including Dr Ejaz Anwar, I A Rehman, Faryal Gohar, Tanveer Ahmed, Shahzad Hameed and Naeem Bajwa, she said that the government was constructing underpasses, flyovers and expressways by cutting budget allocated for education and health.

Renowned architect Imrana Tiwana said that these projects were being carried out at the cost of hundreds of precious trees and green cover which was harmful for the environment. She said that these projects would benefit only motorists and the poor masses would be the ultimate suffers. She said that unplanned projects have changed the landscape of Lahore. She said that efficient and passenger friendly public transport and not widening of roads was the real solution to the problem of Lahore.

I A Rehman said that such development was unacceptable in civilized societies. He said that billions of rupees were being wasted on unnecessary projects and that too on the cost of natural beauty and environment.

Faryal Gohar accused the govt of not carrying out cost benefit analysis of even a single project from a reputed firm. She said that the rulers were initiating projects without consultation and that too without fulfilling requirements. Tanveer Ahmed briefed the media about projects to be initiated in Circular and Linear Park of Model Town. He said that amusement park and concrete structures would deprive citizens of real asset. Dr Ejaz Anwar said that plantation of saplings in the same number was not the substitute of over 100 years old trees. He said that survival rate of saplings was only two per cent.