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Botanical Garden with wetlands, waterfalls to be established in Islamabad

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Around 725-acre garden will be completed within 2 years and boast lakes, amusement parks and wetlands

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The federal capital Islamabad will soon have a Botanical Garden and 15-km long zoo in order to add to natural beauty of the city and also to cope with negative effects of expected climate change.

A 725-acre Botanical Garden along with wetlands, waterfalls will be completed within 2 years and boast lakes, amusement parks and wetlands and cover area of 725 acres with a total cost Rs100 million.

Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan inaugurated the construction of a boundary wall of the proposed zoo-cum-botanical Garden in Bhara Kahu, Islamabad.

The wall is being built in Bani Gala to protect the government land from land grabbers and private housing societies. The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) had approved Rs109 million for the project in May 2017.

Addressing the ceremony, the federal minister said the protection of biodiversity must be our first priority in a country like Pakistan, where social and economic development because it can play an important role in the elimination of poverty.

The establishing of Botanical Garden Bhara Kahu, Islamabad is continuity of such initiatives which increased construction activities in Islamabad are damaging its environment.

Mushahidullah Khan vowed to increase the country’s forest cover from five-to-twelve percent the coming years, he urged the public and private sectors to join the ministry’s efforts to achieve the task in an effective manner.

The botanical garden would include all kind of animals and plant species, Zoos, amusement parks, lakes, wetlands will be constructed in the botanical garden.

The development of a zoo-cum-botanical garden had been incorporated in Islamabad’s Master Plan of 1968. Subsequently, land measuring 583 acres had been allocated to the Zoological Survey of Pakistan in 1989.

The project construction of boundary wall will help in the protection of the land allocated for the Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden which in turn ensure conservation of biodiversity, research, education and provide recreational opportunities for the masses in Islamabad.

This ceremony was attended by Romina Bashir Alam Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Ms. Farhana Qamar MNA, Senator Saleem Zia, senior officers of Ministry of Climate Change large number of people from different walk of life including, local community, media persons and civil society.

Sayyar Gul
Sayyar Gul is doing his MS Computational Sciences & Engineering from National University of Science and Technology. He is technology enthusiast with keen interest in new technological developments from around the world.

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