Islamabad Mayor launches monsoon tree plantation drive. 10 million trees will be planted in Islamabad in next 10 years
To revive the lost beauty of Islamabad, the city authorities have announced that 10 million trees will be planted in Islamabad in next 10 years – or a million trees every year.
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) will plant 10 million trees in the capital in the next decade, the mayor of Islamabad stated.
The Mayor and Chairman CDA Sheikh Anser Aziz also chaired a meeting regarding tree plantation in Islamabad. The DG Environment briefed the meeting that the PTC would plant 10 million plants in Islamabad during next 10 years. Only those trees suitable for the environment of Islamabad will be planted, he said.
“All costs of the tree plantation drive will borne by the company without any liability for CDA. The company will take care of the plants till six months after plantation and the period can exceed if required. The company will not be allowed to display or advertise its name or logo. Environment Wing of MCI will supervise the entire activity,” he said.
The Mayor, Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad Chief Officer Asad Mehboob Kyani and CDA Member Administration Muhammad Yasir Peerzada witnessed the MoU signing ceremony between MCI and PTC.
Capital Development Authority and Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad will utilize their maximum resources for tree plantation in Islamabad, Aziz said. He also appreciated the participation of private sectors and welcomed all private sector, NGOs, and civil society for their participation in green character of Islamabad.
2017 Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign launched by Mayor
On Monday, the mayor of Islamabad Shaikh Anser Aziz launched the Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign by planting a Pongamia Glabra sapling at the Lake View Park Islamabad.
The mayor added that around three-lac saplings would be planted across the city during the plantation campaign this year.
Trees help purify the environment and would help reduce pollution in the city, he said, urging the residents to play their part in preserving the green character of the city so that desired results could be achieved from the campaign.
This time the city administration is working on a comprehensive strategy under which all trees which are causing pollen will be replaced by the fruit and other indigenous plants including Chir, Pine, Kachnar, Amaltas, Dhreak, Jacaranda, Olive and Jaman, Moyer added.
The mayor was told that of the 300,000 saplings being planted in the urban areas, 35,000 saplings would be planted along the roads, 30,000 on green belts, 20,000 in parks, playgrounds and markets while 15,000 saplings would be planted in the sectorial area of the city.
A further 125,000 saplings would be planted in Margalla Hills National Park while 75,000 saplings would be planted in the catchment area of the Simly dam.