CM orders completion of zoo within eight months

Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has ordered completion of the Peshawar Zoo Project within eight months to provide recreational facilities to the Peshawarites declaring that government will ensure provision of financial resources for the efficient implementation of the project.

He was addressing at the ground breaking ceremony of Peshawar Zoo project at PFI( Pakistan Forest Institute) here this morning. Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan was also present on the occasion. Provincial Ministers elected representatives, dignitaries and environmentalists attended the ceremony. The Chief Minister formally performed ground breaking of the project.

Addressing the ceremony the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that provincial government was taking steps for the rehabilitation and uplift of the terrorism-affected province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that special attention was being given to the development and beautification of the provincial capital.

The Chief Minister said that starting work on the Peshawar Zoo project was a practical step to provide recreational facilities to the dwellers of Peshawar. While directing to speed up work on the project to complete all the three phases of the project within eight months, he assured that shortage of fund would be no problem in this regard.

He went on to say that process of reforms and development had been initiated in each institution and every walk of life. He added that now the people were witnessing visible changes in the province.

Referring to developmental and beautification strategy being adopted for the provincial metropolis, the Chief Minister told that Food street would be established in Hayatabad next month while Food street would also be arranged in interior city. He said that work on improvement of the roads of the city was in full swing.

The Chief Minister said that for the first time in the history of the province, mega environmental project, Billion Tree Tsunami was initiated. Under this project, he said, one billion trees would be planted in the province while participation of youth and women would be ensured in the project also. “This project will create employment opportunities”, he remarked.

The Chief Minister said that private sector was being involved in the reform process to create sense of ownership of institutions among the people. He divulged that govt was following the policy of non interference and was just playing the role of implementer and monitor to strengthen institutions. The Chief Minister hoped that people would see a visible change after the present government would complete its tenure.

Earlier, Nazar Hussain Shah, Secretary Environment while highlighting details of the project informed that the first ever planned Peshawar Zoo project of the country would be stretching over an area of 29 acres. “This area is much bigger than the area of zoos existing at Lahore and Islamabad”, he asserted.

He told that the first phase of the project would cost Rs. 129 million. He informed that 59 species of birds and local animals including species faced with the threat of distinction would be kept in the zoo. The project, he said would include playground, cafeteria, mosque and other facilities.

“Establishment of the zoo will help in promotion of biological research besides provision recreational facilities”, the Secretary environment maintained.