ISLAMABAD: The CDA Chairman Noorul Amin Mengal, along with ICCI President Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari and EPA Director General Farzana Altaf Shah, embarked on a plantation initiative in Islamabad’s F-6 Markaz.
The effort began with the symbolic planting of saplings in the Supermarket area.
As per the details, some notable attendees at the event included F-6 Markaz Traders Welfare Association President Shahzad Shabbir Abbasi, Secretary General Aqib Abbasi, Khalid Chaudhry, Saifur Rahman Khan, Akhtar Abbasi, Malik Shabbir Awan, Imtiaz Abbasi, and others.
The visit also involved an inspection of ongoing development projects within the market area.
During the visit, Chairman CDA Mengal urged the acceleration of ongoing projects while also giving directions for the initiation of new projects.
He expressed his intent to review development efforts in other markets shortly.
Mengal also announced that the Zero Point Bridge would be handed over to ICCI for enhancement and beautification.
He further assigned the responsibility of a collaborative plantation drive in the markets to the Director Environment, CDA, in partnership with ICCI.
Besides, Mengal pledged to personally visit the markets to oversee the progress of the initiative.
Addressing the gathering, ICCI President Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari highlighted the chamber’s prior contributions to tree planting in Islamabad, in partnership with CDA.
He reiterated the commitment to promote a greener and healthier environment in the city.
Bakhtawari emphasized the importance of nurturing both new and existing trees, suggesting tagging and dedicated maintenance for older trees to ensure their preservation.
He stressed the need for strong collaboration between market associations and CDA in achieving the goals of the plantation drive, acknowledging that only a small percentage of planted saplings tend to survive.
Director General of EPA, Farzana Altaf Shah, underlined the significance of planting more trees to counteract the detrimental effects of climate change on cities.
She praised ICCI’s efforts to promote tree planting in collaboration with CDA and market associations, which she believed would contribute to a healthier environment in Islamabad.
Shahzad Shabbir Abbasi, President of the Supermarket Association, pledged full support for the successful execution of the plantation drive.
He also drew attention to the need for upgrading the aging sewage lines in the markets, citing their incapacity to handle the growing population and subsequent blockages.
Source: The News