PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched “Protected Area Initiative” project under which 15 national parks protected and promoted with the aim to increase country’s forest cover.

The 15 national parks will be created on 7500 sq km across the country. It would generate 5009 direct jobs. The project is the part of government’s Green growt initiative vision.

Addressing a function in Islamabad, he said that there was immense attraction for tourism in the upper parts of the country and maximum revenue could be generated by developing these areas. Prime Minister Khan said that the project is part of the efforts to make the country greener and will provide employment opportunities to the youth who lost their jobs due to Coronavirus pandemic.

PM Khan said that the decision of 15 National Parks is a gigantic step forward for the future generations. “Pakistan has rich natural beauty, we have to highlight it and take steps to promote tourism in the country,” PM Khan said.
He added that in the face of a rapidly growing population, environmental protection is essential. “Pakistan is at great risk from climate change. Forestation is essential to prevent the land erosion.”

Separately, Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of four new projects to ease traffic congestion in the federal capital. The four mega projects in the city will cost more than Rs 2 billion.

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Rawal Dam Interchange, Korang Bridge, PWD Underpass in Islamabad. He also laid the foundation stone of infrastructure projects in various sectors. According to the announcement, the Rawal Dam Chowk interchange project will be completed in two years.

Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Climate Change said that one of the purposes of the “Protected Area Initiative” project is to rebuild the coronavirus -hit economy and stimulate sustainable green growth.

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