ISLAMABAD - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif has said that Authority would plant 500,000 saplings during the Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign 2013.

In a statement, Chairman CDA said that CDA is taking preventive measures to increase the green cover and preserve the green character of the Federal Capital.

He said that CDA has planned to plant 165,000 trees in the urban areas of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), which includes avenues, green belts, Express Highway, 10th and 11th Avenue, green-belts of Sector I-9, I-10 and I-11, all Marakiz, Parks and Playfields.

The chairman said that 190,000 Margalla Hills National Park and 145,000 saplings would be planted in the Simly Dam Catchments area. He said that CDA is focusing on planting the indigenous species and fruit trees including Chir Pine, Kachnar, Amaltas, Dhreak, Jacaranda, Olive and Jaman etc to enhance the beauty of the city.

He said that maximum plantation of trees would purify the environment, which would help reduce the pollution in the city. He urged the participants of the campaign to take active part in tree plantation campaign. At least every citizen of Islamabad should plant a sapling as our religion encourages those who plant trees, said Chairman CDA.

He said that strict monitoring of the planted saplings would be carried out to ensure their  maximum survival. He said that CDA involve general public, educational institutions, NGOs, government employees and traders to make this campaign a success.

The chairman requested the public to identify the place deficient with trees to overcome the problems. He said that next time the target for tree plantation would be increased. Chairman CDA, Nadeem Hassan Asif thanked the Mediapersons and civil society for their active participation in the Monsoon Tree Plantation Drive 2013.

On this occasion Chairman CDA also visited different stalls and appreciated the efforts of school children. Member Environment, Ahsan Ali Mangi apprised the Chairman CDA that the ongoing plantation campaign would continue till 15th September, during which members of Sector Citizens Committees, traders, educational institutes, NGOs and environmentalists would be invited.  

Comprehensive arrangements would be made to raise awareness in this regard so as maximum people may be involved in the plantation drive.

Under the awareness campaign, poster, banners and streamers have been displayed in different areas of the city whereas car-stickers, paper-bags and badges carrying slogans for planting trees would also be distributed.