Lahore: Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed on Wednesday that the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project will produce $40 billion in yearly revenue in addition to its climatic advantages.

“The project will not only prove beneficial for Lahore but for the entire country in addressing the environmental and financial problems,” he said, addressing the launch of Pakistan’s first-ever “smart forest” near Sheikhupura under the scheme.

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The initiative, according to the prime minister, will prohibit sewage water from seeping into the Ravi River, which eventually flows into the Indus River, which runs through Sindh.

Around 10 million trees will be planted as part of the Ravi project, which also included the construction of three river barrages. Filtration plants, he added, will ensure that the public has access to clean water.

Prime Minster Imran urged Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to persevere in the face of adversity and work for the project’s early completion. The prime minister, who earlier inaugurated the smart forest, said the growth of every plant would be monitored in collaboration with Huawei, the Chinese tech giant.

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He said sensors would keep a vigil on the ruthless cutting of trees and expressed confidence that the project would be replicated in other parts of the country. He recalled that in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, one billion trees had been planted and highlighted the ongoing nationwide campaign of planting ten billion trees to make the country green.

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