‘Plantation of 0.3m saplingsto end before monsoon’

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Friday said that plantation of 0.3 million trees, under the programme “Sarsabz wa Pursukoon Karachi” in coordination with Forest Department Sindh, would be completed before monsoon. “More than half of the target of plantation of trees has been achieved and with collective efforts of organizations and citizens the target could be achieved before Monsoon.” Siddiqui said this while speaking at a seminar held at Commissioner House. He said that it was a noble, religious and social cause, therefore, needed participation of every single citizen. “A green and beautiful environment would have pleasant effect on psychology of people, hence, increase tolerance and reduce crimes,” he said. Representative of Indus Earth Trust Aafia Salam said that it was a fact that greenery could have impressive effect on the situation of law and order in the city. “We have decided to include participation of local communities and companies also so that a large number of plants could be sowed fast and well taken care of for longer,” she said. She told that Darul Uloom Karachi has made commitment to sow 3000 plants and Bohra community 1000 plants this year. Niaz Ahmed Khaskheli, from Forest Department Sindh, said that they had started the campaign to sow 0.3m plants on 23rd March 2014 from Quaid’s Mausoleum and they had achieved more than half of the target, which was 166830 number of plants, within two months.

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