Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that due to increasing pollution, maximum number of trees was needed to be planted in Karachi to make the city green.
He said this while presiding over a meeting at his office to review tree plantation campaign in Karachi. The meeting was also attended by Director Local Government at Commissioner Office Rubina Asif, Focal Person Afaq Ahmed, President National Form for Environment and Health (NFEH) Naeem Qureshi, Advocate Nadeem Shaikh, Marium Nadir, Rashid Ansari, Director Media Commissioner Karachi Mohammad Shabih Siddiqui and DFO Forest Fayaz Ahmed.
The commissioner said: “The process of planting 300,000 trees in the city is going on and in this regard, 50 per cent target has been achieved. The planting of saplings on daily basis is also under process consistently.”
Siddiqui said the planted trees should be looked after with proper care, otherwise, they would dry after one year.
According to international standard, the area for forest in the country is already very less and due to non-breading of plants, forest area is rapidly decreasing, Siddiqui said. He lauded the struggle being carried out by NFEH for tree plantation and environment conservation.
He said all the industrial enterprises should show the evidence of being environment friendly by ensuring proper care of saplings planted inside their factories because it was not responsibility of an individual or an entity but all of us.
In the meeting, concern was also shown over the companies who do not plant saplings according to the accord. It urged companies to fulfil the accord.
NFEH President Naeem Qureshi told PPI that 225,450 out of 3,00,000 trees had been planted in the city while remaining would also be planted soon. “The tree plantation drive is being carried out in collaboration with Karachi Commissioner Office and Sindh Forest Department,” Qureshi said.