Legislation needed to make tree planting mandatory: Wahab

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Administrator Karachi, Sindh government’s Spokesman and CM Advisor on Law Barrister Murtaza Wahab on Sunday while addressing a function at Hill Park on the occasion of World Environment Day, said that legislation is needed to make tree planting mandatory.

“Planting and cultivating trees must be made mandatory when permitting domestic and industrial constructions. Plants suitable for the
environment of Karachi should be planted and care must be taken. Due to global warming, the importance and usefulness of tree planting has increased tremendously all over the world,” he added.

Members of Provincial Assembly Sharmila Farooqi, Sadia Javed, PPP leader Moazzam Qureshi, Taimur Mehar, Kati President Salman Aslam, former
President Farhan-ur-Rehman, Junaid Naqi, Director General Parks Junaidullah Khan and other officials were also present on the occasion were also present on the occasion.

While a large number of government school children also attended the
environmental event.

The Administrator Karachi said that pleasant memories of almost all the citizens

are associated with Hill Park and the eyes of land mafia are always fixed on it. He said that according to the master plan of Hill Park, its area is 62 acres but the powerful mafia wants to take over the land of Hill Park against which KMC has to constantly resist.

He said that on the orders of the Supreme Court, the private pool built on the land of Hill Park was demolished and now it has been replaced by Urban Forest. He said that thousands of people flock to Hill Park with their families for recreation.

“Hill Park’s fountains, which have been closed for several years, are being reopened and will be repaired in the next fortnight,” Barrister Murtaza Wahab

added. He said that if every person of Karachi plants and protects it in the next few years, it would have a very positive impact on the environment of Karachi.

The administrator Karachi said that the trees in the shade of which we sit or the fruit of the trees we eat were planted by someone forty, fifty years ago. “The trees that we will plant today will benefit future generations,” he added. He said that Hill Park was built in 1962 and for a long time it was the only amusement park for the citizens of Karachi.

He said that on the other side of Hill Park is Kidney Hill Park covering an area of 62 acres where more than 1.5 million plants have been planted so far and first waterfall of Karachi is also being constructed in Kidney Hill Park.

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