LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that a healthy environment plays an important role in the creation of a healthy society hence Punjab government is paying special attention to the provision of a pollution-free atmosphere and positive recreational facilities to the masses. He said that horticulture was being promoted and tree plantation is being undertaken on development projects for their beautification. He said that an effective system had also been evolved for the maintenance of the plants at the development projects, greenbelts and landscaping. He was presiding over a high level meeting which reviewed implementation of development projects in the provincial metropolis, here on Sunday. Members Provincial Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Ijaz Ahmed, Commissioner and District Coordination Officer Lahore and senior officers concerned were present on the occasion. Director General Parks & Horticulture Authority Abdul Jabbar Shaheen gave a detailed briefing regarding horticulture work on roads and beautification of parks in the provincial metropolis. The CM said that provision of healthy recreational facilities to the masses was of key importance in the present age of stress and strain and the government is utilizing all out resources for this purpose. He said that besides maximum tree plantation and landscaping, greenbelts were also being developed for the beautification of development projects while in addition to development of new parks, the existing ones were also being improved. He said that billboards were being removed from the city for restoring its historical beauty and these will be displayed in future only in accordance with the government policy. He directed that a comprehensive commercial policy be evolved and presented to him within a week with regard to billboards and publicity and commercial companies and experts should also be consulted so that an effective and transparent policy could be formulated. He said that the road from Kalma Chowk leading to the canal was in an extremely dilapidated condition and should be immediately repaired to save the people from problems. He appreciated the efforts of DG PHA with regard to the excellent horticulture work in the city and directed that an effective system should also be evolved for the upkeep of the plants at the development project. He said that a competition of horticulture on roads will be conducted in September and five roads having the best horticulture work will be selected and the persons concerned will be awarded prizes. He said that hard work and commitment was the need of the hour and the officials performing their responsibilities efficiently will be encouraged while those guilty of dereliction of duty will not be spared. The Chief Minister directed that recommendations be submitted to him in the next meeting regarding development of playgrounds and parks in the provincial metropolis. DG PHA Abdul Jabbar Shaheen apprised the meeting of the implementation of the projects of beautification of roads and parks in the provincial metropolis. He also briefed the meeting about botanical garden at Jallo Park.