KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Monday formally inaugurated the flower show at Karachi Zoological Gardens.
The Great Flower Show and Zoo Day has jointly been organised by the directorate of parks, culture, sports and management of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the three- day show, the CM said that flowers were an important natural source for creating a beautiful, pleasant and healthy environment. Speaking about safety, Qaim said that a secure atmosphere and inner satisfaction, happiness and joy were all linked to peace.
He said Karachi holds much importance for the country and its betterment was directly linked with Pakistan's progress. He expressed hope that the historical zoological garden would in future provide more recreational and informational facilities to people.
KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, Metropolitan Commissioner Samiuddin Siddiqui, Director Zoo Fahim Khan and other officers were also present on the occasion.
On the occasion, the CM also spoke about law and order, energy, safe drinking water and fast and cheaper communication facilities as the main problems faced by the people of Karachi. He said that mega development projects including K-4, KCR, energy generation and installation of water plants either have been undertaken already or would be worked upon soon. He informed that on Monday he has negotiated with British High Commissioner, and his government was interested to generate 800MW electricity from solid waste in Karachi. Regarding the demands made by management of Karachi Zoo, the CM Sindh announced Rs 10 million in grants for development of the zoo and assured of any help necessary to being in more large animals to the menagerie.
The CM Sindh visited different stalls of flowers and lauded the efforts of the zoo management.
Earlier Administrator KMC Rauf Farooqui and Director Sports Muhammad Rehman Khan also spoke on this occasion.
Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui said the flower show was the biggest of its kind in the history of Karachi with hundreds of varieties of seasonal and other flowers and trees on display. He said this flower show was aimed at providing more recreation and information to visitors.
"KMC was working on various plans to improve the facilities at Karachi Zoo, Safari Park and other recreational places in the city," informed Farooqui.
Director CSR Rehan Khan presented a detailed history of Karachi Zoo. He said KMC was spending a huge amount on the food, medicines of animals and other maintenance works. He informed the CM that the induction of five animals including an elephant and rhino would help acknowledge Karachi Zoo and Safari Park Karachi on an international level.
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