PHA ramps up efforts to revamp parks

Official says planting trees mitigates environmental challenges, impacts of hot weather

Our Correspondent May 19, 2024


The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) has ramped up efforts to enhance the greenery and beauty of local parks despite the intense heat wave gripping the twin cities.

PHA Director General, Ahmed Hasan Ranjha, said planting trees can mitigate environmental challenges and the impacts of extreme hot weather. He assured that despite the recent heat wave, the authority is committed to maintaining the lush greenery and ensuring quality recreational facilities for citizens.

The official said that like other parts of the country, Rawalpindi and Islamabad are experiencing severe heat waves. Nevertheless, the authority is dedicated to preserving the splendour of the parks and green belts in Rawalpindi, providing a respite from the harsh weather for the citizens.

The authority is utilising all available resources to maintain recreational facilities. Workers are diligently keeping the parks and green belts verdant, ensuring daily water supply and taking measures to protect flowering plants from extreme weather and sun exposure.

Afforestation efforts have begun along all green belts and roadsides in Rawalpindi, with plants of five to eight feet in height being introduced. Additionally, the plantation of flowers along the roads has been increased, with traditional flowers being grown in both small and large parks.

A notable development is the transformation of Allama Iqbal Park into a beautiful recreational centre, featuring monuments representing the Potohar region of Punjab. The authority aims to make Rawalpindi a model city, adorned with colorful flowers, various fruit plants, and shade trees.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2024.


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