PESHAWAR: The Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) on Wednesday launched a massive tree plantation drive and establishment of green belts on both sides on the Bus Rapid Transit corridor in the provincial metropolis after completion of the civil work of the project.
An official of the PDA has said that the authority has started the tree plantation and about 400,000 plants would be planted across the city on the sides of the BRT 27.4 kilometers long corridor.
Besides, he said the PDA has also started establishment of green belts on the sides of the BRT corridor. He said that about 570,000 square feet of grass would be planted for the green belts in which 6500 beautiful and precious plants would also be planted.
The official said that completion of green belts and tree plantation would further add in the beautification of the provincial metropolis.
As per the statement issued by the PDA, city’s green belts and trees have been damaged. As per the direction of the Peshawar High Court in the case related to BRT, it said, the trees were safely removed from the roads sides and green belts for safer places and now the PDA is planting the same plants and trees on the roads sides and under the flyovers.
The PDA stated that the drive has started from Chamkani section of the BRT and would be extended up to Hayatabad and then Karkhano Market.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2019.