KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that under Green and Peaceful Karachi Program, National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) in collaboration with over 30 organizations would plant 300,000 trees within three months in industrial areas, highways, schools, universities, colleges, plain grounds, Supreme Court, High Court and hospitals of the city.
“Two committees comprising experts have been also constituted to look after and protect these trees,” the commissioner informed while addressing a meeting at his office to review Green and Peaceful Karachi Program. The meeting was also attended by NFEH President Naeem Qureshi, FPCCI Advisor Siddique Shaikh, District Forest Officer Niaz Khaskheli, Advisors NFEH and Indus Earth Afia Salam, Saman Khali, former KCCI President Junaid, KWSB acting managing director Mohammad Najmi Alam and senior journalist Salahuddin Haider.
Announcing the tree plantation program, Siddiqui said that the campaign would help boost peace, ensure tolerance, create pleasant atmosphere, raise beauty and reduce pollution in the city.
He said that in the first phase of derive; 50,000 trees would be planted by the end of next month, while remaining 250,000 trees would be planted in monsoon season. He said three months after the conclusion of the tree plantation drive, a ceremony would be held to present best partner awards to those looking after the planted trees in good manner.
The hacking of trees is a serious crime. FIRs will be lodged against those cutting them for purpose of installing signboards or others.
Announcing action plan committee on this occasion, the commissioner said that NFEH President Naeem Qureshi would be team leader of this campaign.