‘Protection of forests necessary to sustain environment’

MTS and monorails preferred over construction of roads and flyovers, which cause greater environmental damage

August 11, 2011


The provincial government’s proposed plan to launch an air-conditioned mass transit system (MTS) in Peshawar has been welcomed by Citizens for Clean Environment (CCE), a civil society organisation.

According to a press release issued by CCE on Wednesday, CCE has said that MTS and monorails should be preferred over construction of roads and flyovers, which cost billions of rupees while causing greater environmental damage.

Environmental sustainability and natural forests are an integral part of human civilization, while the destruction of forests will eventually result in disruption of the environment, said the press release.

The mountain top of Maalam Jabba, a popular eco-tourism site known for its biodiversity, has come under the axe to create monstrous camps, CCE added.

The Ministry of Environment should take action and request military and civilian officials to provide an Environmental Impact Assessment and other legal mandate needed for work in environmentally endangered regions.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2011.

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