The Multanites are going to hear two good news on March 21, as a Food Street will be open at Qila Qasim Bagh (Multan Fort) to appease their taste buds besides the beginning of a colourful three-day Jashan-e-Baharan. The Food Street is being inaugurated simultaneously the beginning of Jashan to give the citizens an opportunity to enjoy traditional cuisine in a dreamy atmosphere at thousands-year-old monument Qila Multan. The city district government sources revealed that the suction of all shops at the Food Street had been done and the owners were directed to open their food outlets on March 21 on the eve of Jashan-e-Baharan.

On the other hand, the Jashan-e-Baharan will offer a variety of colourful activities and festivities to the citizens. The District Coordination Officer Zahid Saleem Gondal has said that besides traditional sports, many other activities like flower exhibition, musical concerts, mushaira and shows for the entertainment of children will also be held during the Jashan. He added that the flower exhibition will be held on Humayun Road.

The DCO further revealed that 200,000 new saplings would be planted in Multan this spring to turn the town green. He added that the plants would be planted in every nook and corner of the city. He urged upon the citizens to step forward and join hands with the district administration in this mission to turn Multan green. “Each citizen should plant at least one sapling,” he suggested. He said that no one would be allowed to develop encroachments in any area of Multan and instead green belts and parks would be developed at open spaces.

The DCO said that another revolutionary programme to promote kitchen gardening had also been kicked off in Multan. He said that the citizens could get fresh and organic vegetables through this programme. He said that the packet containing the seeds of a number of vegetables and fruits was being offered at a nominal price of just Rs. 50 to the citizens. He said that all offices of Agriculture Department had been turned into Kitchen Gardening Centres and the citizens could get seeds from these offices.