KARACHI - National Tree Plantation Day was observed with great enthusiasm as Forest Department of CDGK had planted 29,500 saplings of various types of trees in various parts of the City including 16,000 saplings of Neem tree only, The Nation has learnt. Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah observed National Tree Day on Tuesday by planting Gul Moor tree at Benazir Bhuttoo Shaheed Park in Clifton, Boat Basin. It may be noted that Federal Government had directed all the provincial, local and district governments to observe National Tree Day on August 18 by planting maximum trees across the country, so that increasing pollution and heat in the environment to be overcome. The DO Forest Department of CDGK, Saeed Ahmed Pirani, briefed The Nation that saplings and plants were planted with the help of various institutions and NGOs. He said that Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air force, Pakistan Navy, Karachi University and others enthusiastically cooperated with Forest Department in observing the National Tree Day, as the aforementioned institutions planted saplings on their land during the campaign. He further said that saplings were also provided to the people belonging to the rural areas of Karachi including Gadap Town, Bin Qasim Town, Kemari and Malir Town. Pirani confirmed that tree plantation has remained very successful as all the trees and saplings provided to the institutions, were planted in the best regard of this day. Chairman Agriculture Committee of CDGK, Arif Bhatti, said that Neem tree was one of the best trees as far as its benefits are concerned. Therefore, Karachiites expressed interest for this specific plant and 16,000 saplings of only Neem tree were planted in a single day on the occasion of National Tree Plantation Day in City. Bhatti said other planted saplings included Gul Moor, Niglum, Amaltas, Badam, Imli and some other trees during the campaign. The DO Forest Department said that dozens of trees were planted in the schools and colleges of Memon Goth and Gadap.