Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated on Wednesday Pakistan’s first smart forest in Rakh Jhok Forest, Sheikhupura as part of Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project, which he said would address a host of issues, contribute an estimated $40 billion to the country’s economy and create around one million jobs.
According to Radio Pakistan, the smart forest project will function via sensors and a surveillance system.
Addressing the forest’s inauguration ceremony, the premier dubbed the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project “one of the biggest projects in Pakistan’s history”, and one that would significantly contribute to addressing environmental and other challenges faced by the country.
For this reason, he said, the project held significance for the entire country.
“This will be an exemplary project,” the prime minister said. “It will change Pakistan and its environment.”
Sharing more details about the smart forest, he said technology would be used to monitor the growth of almost every plant under this scheme and relevant authorities would be intimated via sensors if a tree was being cut down.