Hiking trails closed again for a week
Islamabad: Walking trails were closed again for a week to conduct a full investigation to find out the real cause of the recent fires in the forest areas of Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP).
According to the notification issued by the ICT administration, “following the recent fire in Margalla Hills, it was decided to conduct a full fire audit in the area and to protect the forest of Margalla Hills. Therefore, all hiking trails in Margalla Hills Islamabad are to remain closed for one week from December 22 to December 29, 2020 for the purposes of fire incident auditing, cleanliness and maintenance.
Some 3,000 hikers and visitors come daily on four hiking trails to enjoy a green, calm and serene environment in the heart of the national park. There are also two other walking trails that are developed for visitors.
There have been fires in the recent past that raised eyebrows at the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB), the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the ICT administration who have the collective responsibility to protect the park. national.
All got together and decided that a fire audit should be conducted to find out what factors have caused fires in the forest areas. They face another great cleanliness challenge which not only detracts from the natural beauty but also poses a threat to the species of birds and animals in the national park.
The IWMB carries out a cleanliness campaign every Saturday and Sunday and nature lovers and social activists also participate with passion and determination. A number of awareness campaigns have been launched recently to make people aware of the importance of the natural environment and of the species of birds and animals that help to maintain the ecological parameters of the region.
IWMB officials called on visitors to be extra careful when visiting the hiking trails and to avoid littering and doing barbecues and other strictly prohibited activities in the national park.