Sanction or no sanction, some projects will have no roadblocks. Some works cleared long ago aren't given money to open, while some get started before approval. The forest department needed only a proposal to begin cutting two unapproved roads through the constituency of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
One of the roads will join Dhabwali, Lambi, and Fazilka; and the other will connect Lambi with Gidderbaha.
The CM, who represents Lambi, is yet to clear any of the works. However, the forest department has begun removing the medicinal musket trees from more than 30 hectares along the Dhabwali-Lambi-Fazilka route already to level the ground.
"We'll plant commercial wood on both sides of the road to enhance its beauty and value," said Gamdoor Singh Dhillon, in charge of the proposed projects. "'Neem', 'tahli', 'safeda', Ashoka, Kashmir willow, and 'jamun 'are the trees we propose to grow on the land."
The plan has divided the work area into pockets of specific trees. The department plants random varieties of trees along other road in Punjab. The new work is a pilot project, never tried before in Punjab.
"The roads proposed have heavy musket cover on both sides, which interrupts traffic," said Baljit Singh Kang, forest range officer of Malout. "The CM is keen to replace the small trees with healthy and beautiful wood."
A large part of the project area is in Lambi. "The plan is with the CM," said Dhillon, man in charge. "I cannot estimate the total cost, for it isn't cleared yet. I don't know if all the proposals will get the CM's nod. The government has released some money for removing musket." Officially, Punjab is into austerity drive, yet in the CM's constituency, there is a talk of trees being imported to plant on the sides of the new roads.