100,000 trees to be planted in Karachi

Karachi: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has joined hands with several like-minded civil society organisations to do a spring plantation drive under which 100,000 tree saplings will be planted all across the city.

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Sindh Information and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah launched the spring plantation campaign at Bagh-e-Jinnah (old Polo Ground) of Karachi.

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Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Local Government Minister said that such saplings would be planted under the latest campaign, which carried maximum benefits for the environment.

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He said the Sindh government had also been implementing the project of urban forest along the Malir and Lyari rivers of Karachi.

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He said that a “Sarsabz Sindh” (Green Sindh) programme had been launched in accordance the vision of Chairman of Pakistan Peoples’ Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to promote greenery in the province.

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He appealed to the concerned citizens and civil society to come forward to own and actively take part in the tree plantation campaign.

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Trying its best

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The Local Government minister said the Sindh government had been trying its best to help out the municipal agencies of Karachi to overcome their fiscal problems.

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He said the ruling PPP while following the democratic norms had let the previous elected municipal leadership of the province to serve their full constitutional term.

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Speaking on the occasion, Karachi’s Administrator Laeeq Ahmed said the KMC had launched the plantation campaign to improve environment of Karachi.

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He said that Karachi had emerged as a concrete jungle so plantation drives had become compulsory for the city.

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He said that 70,000 plants to be used in the latest campaign had been nurtured by the KMC itself at its different nurseries.

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He added that different concerned charities and NGOs had been assigned the responsibilities to take care of these plants for an initial period of four months.

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He commented the KMC had constituted gardening committees comprising of the area residents to take care of different public parks in the city.

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