Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab stressed on Tuesday the need to plant trees, pledging that the Sindh government would work towards increasing green areas in the province.
He said this while addressing the media after planting trees at Jheel Park as part of province-wide tree plantation campaign launched by the Sindh government.
"Everyone looks for shade, but no one is planting trees," he lamented, adding that the provincial government would also take steps to inculcate the importance of planting trees in children.
When asked about the cutting of mangroves, Wahab, who also has the portfolio of adviser to the Sindh chief minister on law, environment and coastal development, said it was an illegal activity and responsible persons would be taken to task.
Moreover, he said that the Clifton Urban Forest project was being split into two parts so that it featured both kinds of trees - those that added to the city's beauty and those that bore fruit.
Wahab also told media persons that the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation was establishing a park under the public-private partnership model.
"We will make the province green together with people. It is our responsibility to provide a better environment to the future generations and everyone must plant trees," he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2021.
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