CDA to launch drive for conservation of Margalla Hills Park

Islamabad—The Capital Development Authority (CDA) would launch comprehensive drive for cleanliness and conservation of Margalla Hills National Park in collaboration with members of civil society, students of schools and the people associated with environment to further beautify its natural environment. The Margalla Hills National Park enriched with flora and fauna exhibits the green character of the Capital City which makes it a unique among the different capitals of the capital.
Chairman CDA, Maroof Afzal while presiding over a meeting in this regard here on Tuesday directed the environment wing to make all out efforts for conservation of National Park and up-gradation of the walking and hiking tracks. He said that thousands of the people from different walks of life daily visits National Park area to benefit from the natural environment and healthy recreational facilities in the park. He directed the environment wing to involve people from different segments of the society particularly the serious hikers in this campaign to make Margalla Hills National Park more clean and green.
During the campaign different activities has been planned to raise awareness about protecting natural beauty of Islamabad. Moreover, symbolic litter collection by public figures particularly the celebrities will be also carried out in addition to the engagement of students of different educational institutes. The campaign would also include an awareness expedition in the Margalla Hills National Park, which is spread over an area of 31,142 acres. It has around 600 plant species, 250 bird varieties, 38 species of mammals and 13 of reptiles.
Maroof Afzal said that CDA is taking consolidated steps for the improvement of environment in Islamabad and many initiatives have also been taken to reduce the pollution in the city. He said that Margalla Hills are beautiful gift of nature and every effort would be made for its protection and preservation. He directed the Environment Wing of the Authority to ensure involvement of people from all walks of life in this campaign so that desired results could be achieved.—INP

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