islamabad - Capital Development Authority (CDA) was planting 450,000 saplings in the federal capital in collaboration with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and various institutions.

According to an official, out of 450,000 saplings, CDA would plant 300,000 saplings, on its own. The saplings of Alestonia, Silver Oak, Legustornea, Argun and Gab bets etc would be planted in different areas of Islamabad.

Giving details, he said, CDA would also plant 225,000 plants in the rural areas of the city while 75,000 saplings would be planted in the urban areas particularly in different residential sectors, median strips of avenues, green belts along major highways and parks to eventually help enhance natural beauty of the capital. Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal had already inaugurated the Spring Tree Plantation campaign by planting a sapling at F-9 Park last day.

Meanwhile CDA is introducing biodegradable plastic bags for the collection of household garbage which is a major step toward elimination of plastic pollution from the city. A sum of Rs 665 million has been allocated for developing infrastructure of C-15 sector consisting of mauza Sang Jani, Sarai Madhu and Sarai Kharbuza. The sector covering an area of 7448 kanals has been acquired through an award announced on December 2, 2008 on Land Sharing Policy 2005.

CDA has vacated 1000 Kanals of state land from illegal occupants as 80 per cent land owners had been compensated. While remaining land owners have been asked, through public notices, to collect their rights and abandon the occupation in favour of CDA within 15 days so that development plans could be finalized.

CDA has completed possession of land in sector C-15 and C-14 and fence is being erected to block encroachments.