ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has planned to allocate funds to the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) to prevent fires on Margalla Hills ahead of the upcoming summer season.
In a meeting chaired by CDA Chairman Noorul Amin Mengal, it was decided that the IWMB would hire 400 firefighters to aid in fire prevention and firefighting efforts.
Established under the Ministry of Climate Change in 2015, the IWMB is responsible for the protection, preservation, conservation, and management of wildlife on Margalla Hills under Section 4 of the Islamabad Wildlife (Protection, Preservation, Conservation, and Management) Ordinance 1979.
With temperatures in Islamabad already reaching 30 Celsius before mid-March, residents are feeling the heat of the approaching summer season.
To prevent fires from breaking out, the Islamabad administration has imposed Section 144, prohibiting the carrying of materials such as matchsticks and kerosene oil, smoking, bone fires, and barbecues on Margalla Hills.
CDA has emphasized the need for strict vigilance on tourists to prevent any mishaps.
Notably, the decision to allocate funds to the IWMB for firefighting measures demonstrates the government’s commitment to protecting the environment and ensuring the safety of residents and tourists visiting the area.