Metropolitan commissioner declares tree plantation emergency

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KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Metropolitan Commissioner (MC) Dr Saif ur Rehman said the city is facing a shortage of trees and greenery, therefore, it needs a lot of tree plantation so that environmental pollution could be eliminated and citizens provided a better environment.

He expressed these views while presiding a meeting in his office on Friday which was attended by the Coordination Senior Director Masood Alam, Deputy Commissioner west Shazia Jaffar, Assistant Commissioner Mauripur Abdul Ghafoor and other officers.

The MC said that in order to deal with the challenge, a state of emergency has been declared in the parks and horticulture department of KMC and leaves of staff were cancelled. Tree plantation and beautification of central islands and surrounding area of major roads and corridors shall continue even during holidays.

He warned that those officials who would found negligent in their works will have to face disciplinary action including stoppage of their salary.

He said that we need to make our city green and beautiful like we maintain our own homes and we need to do more and more tree plantation.

He said that the staff should inform about their requirements so these could be provided to them immediately.