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.
Sindh Information and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah launched the spring plantation campaign at Bagh-e-Jinnah (old Polo Ground) of Karachi.
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.
He said the Sindh government had also been implementing the project of urban forest along the Malir and Lyari rivers of Karachi.
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.
He appealed to the concerned citizens and civil society to come forward to own and actively take part in the tree plantation campaign.
Trying its best
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.
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.
Speaking on the occasion, Karachi’s Administrator Laeeq Ahmed said the KMC had launched the plantation campaign to improve environment of Karachi.
He said that Karachi had emerged as a concrete jungle so plantation drives had become compulsory for the city.
He said that 70,000 plants to be used in the latest campaign had been nurtured by the KMC itself at its different nurseries.
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.
He commented the KMC had constituted gardening committees comprising of the area residents to take care of different public parks in the city.