ISLAMABAD – Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Engineer Farkhand Iqbal on Wednesday inaugurated the monsoon tree plantation campaign-2012 by planting an Amaltas tree sapling here at a greenbelt of Sector G-14 adjacent to Kashmir Highway toll plaza.

The civic body organises tree plantation campaigns twice a year, during spring and monsoon seasons, in a bid to keep intact the green character of the leafy capital and to motivate general public to plant more and more trees in Islamabad.

During tree plantation campaign-2012, the environment directorate of the authority would plant a total of 0.5 million saplings across the federal capital, informed chairman CDA. Out of total 0.5 million estimates, 180,000 saplings will be planted in the urban areas of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), which includes avenues, green belts, Islamabad Highway, parks, playfields and new sectors, Mr Iqbal informed. While, 200000 saplings to be planted at Margalla Hills National Park Area and 120000 at Simly dam catchments.

The Chairman CDA said that civic agency was making all out efforts to further the green cover and preserve the green character of the federal capital. He said that CDA was focusing on planting the indigenous species and fruit trees including Chir, Pine, Kachnar, Amaltas, Dhreak, Jacaranda, Olive, Jaman etc. He said that strict monitoring of the planted saplings would be carried out to ensure their maximum survival.

He said that CDA would involve general public, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, and traders to make this campaign a success.

He said 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 are being distributed.