A development plan for the freshwater stream in Fatima Jinnah Park in the F-9 sector of Islamabad has been approved through which the stream will be cleaned and restored after many years.
The stream that was passing through the park, originating from the Margalla hills, used to be a popular fishing spot before it got polluted as the city expanded.
Fatima Jinnah Park has unfortunately become notorious for having a large open sewage drain running through the center of its green belt.
Throughout the year, particularly during the summer, a foul odor emerges from the drain, making it hard to stroll or jog within a one-kilometer radius of this stream.
An official involved in the repair work revealed that they have so far repaired several sections of the park. The work is still ongoing and is expected to be completed in the next few years, reported the News.
The plan not only involves removing the pollutants but also ensuring that the waste from the residential sector is not dumped in it from now on.
Islamabad Chief Commissioner, Capt (R) Muhammad Usman Younas, expressed that after the restoration is complete, the stream will be protected from further contamination and that similar projects to restore water streams across the federal capital are also underway.
Excellent initiative. Let’s hope it is completed as per plan without any unforeseen. Similar plan was shared by a social organization back in 2009 but they could not engage the relevant stakeholders and the required funding. The idea was to install water filteration plant on the west side (Margallla Road) where the stream enters F9 Park.
It is excellent initiave of Chairman CDA, I WISH HE COULD complete it in his tenure. It will restore original flora and fauna in Islamabad. Not to mention the dragonflies which thrives on fresh water. These flies are predators of mosquitoes, they eat hundreds of mosquitoes in a day. This it will control dengue , malaria and mosquito borne diseases as a bonus. Besides fish and restoring original freshness.
Although this is really great news , we all really appreciate this great idea to restore water stream , but one humble request we have noticed that some CDA workers are dumping all waste into F-9 park grean belt area which is causing heavy damage to all environment especially green belt areas are being severely damaged. Immediate action require to stop all these illegal activities from some officials.