MANSEHRA: A two-year ban has been imposed on all kinds of fishing in River Kunhar, Saif-ul-Malook and Dudipatsar lakes to raise trout and other fish varieties.
The ban has been imposed on directive of Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit to the Naran Valley on Monday.
On this occasion, Imran Khan inaugurated various measures to make the Naran Valley a tourist spot of international standard as well as to protect environment and wildlife and to provide best facilities to the tourists.
He also inaugurated the ‘River Bank Protection and Habitat Restoration Programme’ under which a large number of cedar and pine trees were planted during this year’s afforestation campaign in light of Prime Minister’s Clean and Green Pakistan Vision.
This program will help protect riverbanks, prevent accumulation of silt in dams and enhance Naran’s beauty as well as improving the environment. The Prime Minister also distributed motorbikes among Community River Rangers to ensure surveillance of River Kunhar to check illegal fishing.
In the second phase, ‘Naran Destination Trout Trophy Fishing’ will be started under ‘Catch and Release’ strategy to keep hunting of trout and other wildlife within the established limit. Additionally, 30,000 brown trout fish will be released in River Kunhar to increase population of this species.
Imran Khan also started Emergency Response Service to extend necessary help to tourists in case of emergency. He handed over machinery to the local administration to ensure cleanliness at tourist spots, which will play an important role to conserve natural beauty of Naran. He also distributed biodegradable bags among local people to discourage use of plastic bags at tourist spots.