ISLAMABAD - Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad is carrying out up-gradation of road infrastructure for making overall environment more pleasant and to cater future traffic needs of the city, Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman Capital Development Authority said while inaugurating Chrysanthemum and Autumn Flowers Show at Roses and Jasmine Garden.

Roads are being expanded by adopting latest technology, the mayor said, adding that while carrying these projects, ten trees are being planted in lieu of one chopped tree. In future, ten trees would be planted in lieu of each affected tree before initiating a project.

On this occasion, office bearers of Islamabad Horticulture Society, environmentalists, diplomats, students from different educational institutes and officers and officials of MCI were also present.  MCI organised the show in collaboration with Islamabad Horticulture Society (IHS).

The mayor was briefed that multiple varieties of chrysanthemum, particularly intermediate, incurred, reflex, sprays, anemone, pompons, Korean hybrid, single floor and spidery flower were displayed in mound, stall and rainbow orders at the show. He was informed that various organisations including KRL, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and other departments including different embassies were also participating in the flower show.

Miniature gardens, stand flowers and vegetables stalls have also part of the show while flower arrangements competition among the ladies are also been arranged.

The mayor said that the MCI was taking steps to improve and provide healthier environment to the residents as it led to healthy attitudes and the flowers contributed remarkably to the healthy environment. Flowers are special gift of nature and meticulous ministration is needed to preserve this gift, he said, adding that the MCI would provide patronage to all those steps which would be taken to improve environment and promote green character of Islamabad. 

He further said that in upcoming Spring Tree Plantation Drive, more trees would be planted in the areas where development activities are being carried out on large scale so that environment of Islamabad could be further improved parallel to the development of the city.

Meanwhile, the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board’s annual chrysanthemum flower exhibition which was inaugurated on Friday will continue at Romi Park till Dec 11 (Monday).

Various departments including CMH, MH, COD Golra, BMTC, PHA, RCB, CCB, AFIP, Army Heritage Foundation, Rising Complex, Jinnah Park, Ayub Park, Military College of Signals and others are participating in the exhibition.

According to the RCB spokesman, the board is making efforts for plantations in all available spaces and has developed numerous greenbelts and grounds. He said that the citizens should also play their role in making the environment green and pollution free. He said that the flower exhibitions are annual feature of Cantt board to provide the residents clean and healthy environment. More than 120 spices of chrysanthemum flowers have been displayed in the exhibition, he said.

He urged the people to promote plantations in the Cantt areas for its beautification. All available resources are being utilised in this regard, he said.