Going green: Half million saplings to be planted in capital

The civic body chief said that the authority is making efforts to increase green cover.

Our Correspondent August 16, 2012


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will plant 500,000 saplings during 2012’s monsoon tree plantation campaign. This was announced by CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal as he inaugurated the campaign in Sector G-14 near Kashmir Highway on Wednesday, a CDA statement said.

The civic body chief said that the authority is making efforts to increase green cover and preserve the green character of the federal capital.

He said that CDA plans to plant 180,000 saplings in the urban areas of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), such as along avenues and on green belts, parks, playfields and new sectors.

Moreover, the CDA chairman said that 320,000 saplings will be planted in the Margalla Hills and the Simly catchment area. Out of these, 200,000 trees will be planted on Margalla Hills as a part of the authority’s effort to increase greenery in the Margalla Hills National Park.

Iqbal said the CDA is focusing on planting indigenous species and fruit trees including Chir Pine, Kachnar, Amaltas, Dhreak, Jacaranda, Olive and Jaman. He said the CDA is involving the public, educational institutions, NGOs, government employees and traders to make this campaign a success.

Under the awareness campaign, poster, banners and streamers have been displayed in different areas of the city while bumper stickers, paper bags and badges carrying slogans for planting trees are also being distributed, the chairman added.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2012.


taha | 11 years ago | Reply

Well done. Please also do proper maintanence

Aurangzeb Chowdhry | 11 years ago | Reply

I do not see any activity from provincial Govt or any Multi National organisation for campaign to plant tree during this on going Moon Soon season.

I think the Federal/Provincial have not learnt any thing from ongoing harsh summer season and now we are facing situation just like drought.

Previously Students from different school/colleges were seen involved in tree plantation campaign. This was the best source of educating our younger generation about emerging challenge from Global Warning and its affect's on our life.

I suggest that all the stake holders should chalk out the programme to plant the trees in the country during the remaining period of Moon Soon.

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