ISLAMABAD: Even as Prime Minister Imran Khan embarked on the massive 10 billion tree plantation drive and the Green and Clean Pakistan programme, the programme apparently initially overlooked one location: the Diplomatic Enclave.
However, diplomatic sources with knowledge of the matter, have said that after diplomats wrote to the premier, 5,000 trees will be planted in the enclave.
The sources said that diplomats had written to the premier about the poor condition of cleanliness in the Diplomatic Enclave in Sector F-5.
They further said that in a location where most of the foreign diplomats live and work, there were heaps of trash lying everywhere while untamed bushes and grass were growing on empty stretches of land.
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They urged the government to clean the clearings and upgrade the green belts.
After the letter was written, the PM’s Secretariat has directed the municipal corporation and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to launch the Green and Clean campaign in Sector F-5 like in other sectors of the federal capital.
Officials of the CDA and the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) confirmed the directives and said that the green and clean drive will be launched in the enclave soon.
Under the programme, they said that a new public park would be built in the enclave while 5,000 trees will also be planted in the area over the next two years.
IMC’s Chief Metropolitan Officer Syed Najaf Iqbal said that they have included the Diplomatic Enclave has been included in the Green and Clean programme and that projects under it will be launched this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2018.