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Karachi's Administrator, Barrister Murtaza Wahab, at the revived urban forest. Image Credit: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation

Karachi: An urban forest near Karachi’s coastline has been revived and named after a late educator from the Parsi community in recognition of her 60 years’ service to educate thousands of students of the city.

Karachi’s Administrator Barrister Murtaza Wahab inaugurated the urban forest in the Clifton area. It has been named after the late Deena Mistri in recognition of her years-long education services in the city. Mistri served as the principal of the prestigious BVS Parsi High School in Karachi for several decades. She was also the recipient of the President’s Pride of Performance Award for her academic services.

Barrister Wahab said on the occasion that Mistri dedicated her life to promoting the cause of education in the city.

He praised the fact that Mistri continued with her educational services for 60 years with the sole purpose of providing the best schooling to generations of kids in Karachi.

He said that it was the third urban forest being launched in the Clifton area for thousands of beach-goers.

He said before its revival, the urban forest had been used as a garbage dump and anti-social elements used to take refuge at the place meant for public recreation.

He said urban spaces and gardens should be maintained in large cities like Karachi to save the citizens from harsh weather and that a tree plantation drive was being conducted to minimise the adverse effects of global warming.

Barrister Wahab added that indigenous and traditional species of trees, including gul mohar, neem, lignum, and banyan would mostly be used to conduct the plantation activity in Karachi. He said conocarpus trees would be removed from the city for their adverse effects on human health.

He expressed gratitude to a famous retail chain of Karachi for joining hands with the Sindh government to revive the urban forest.