Too late: CDA launches monsoon tree plantation drive

Participation of capital residents in campaign urged


Our Correspondent August 29, 2016
Girls sampling a tree during CDA's Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign-2016 at Foothills of Margalla, Saidpur Range near Shalimar Cricket Groud. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: The Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Tariq Fazal Chaudhry inaugurated the Capital Development Authority (CDA)’s Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign on Monday by planting a sapling at a greenbelt along Margalla Road.

The launch of the campaign has come at a time when only two weeks are left in the end of the monsoon season.

He said that in order to address the issue of pollen allergy from the city, the civic agency was working on a comprehensive strategy under which all trees causing pollen would be replaced by fruit and other indigenous plants.

Plantation of trees and their preservation was perpetual charity and residents should participate in the campaign so that the green character of Islamabad could further be enhanced, Chaudhry said.

He said that in order to create awareness about the importance of environment among children, tree plantation would be added to academic curricula.

The prime minister has allocated a special package of Rs5 billion for upgradation, renovation, beautification and uplift of all civic amenities in the federal capital and in the context all roads are being upgraded, parks being uplifted, while all civic amenities are also being improved, the minister said.

He said the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) and the CDA would contribute collectively to make the city more beautiful and modern.

Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz said the IMC was committed to making Islamabad more beautiful.

He said maximum plantation of saplings would purify environment, which would help reduce pollution. Aziz asked residents to play their role in preservation of green character of the city so that desired results could be achieved from the campaign.

Aman said that during the monsoon tree plantation drive, the CDA would plant 300,000 saplings in various areas of the city. Monsoon season usually starts in Pakistan from first week of July and continues till second week of September.

This year monsoon rains started little earlier, in last week of June, but tree plantation drive could not be started early as the prime minister had announced to launch Green Pakistan Programme under which 100 million new trees were to be planted in next five years.

Unfortunately, the programme could not be launched so far due to busy schedule of the prime minister.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2016.

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