Parks and Horticulture Authority Vice Chairman Malik Abid Hussain on Sunday said the installation of decorative and electric light bulbs for the beautification of major highways, including Murree Road is underway.
"We will make Rawalpindi an ideal model city in terms of making it naturally green and eco-friendly," he stated. He was speaking to the public during his visit to various union councils in the city and Cantt.
Hussain said that the basic work of making all the parks in the city natural green has been completed. He went on to say that pots of more than one hundred types of flowers have been decorated on both sides of Murree Road and the middle divider line.
Apart from the installation of colourful lights under the overhead bridges and metro bus tracks, the city gates are also being decorated with paintings, he mentioned.
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The VC disclosed that in addition to turning the city parks into natural green spots, Miyawaki forests have also begun to grow on vacant lands around educational institutions and government buildings.
"Miyawaki forests grow ten times faster than normal plants and this is why the PHA decided to plant them on vacant government lands throughout the city," he maintained.
Hussain said PHA is working day and night to increase the number of forests and orchards, which have started growing more than one hundred varieties of flowers and other plants in all of its nurseries in the parks.
He added that PHA would distribute these plants among the citizens free of cost, which would help the citizens play an active role in growing green belts in the city.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2021.