ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry on Monday said that the federal capital was developed on the concept of green city and the government was committed to preserve this green character.
He stated this while addressing at a ceremony of Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Pakistan Tobacco Company (PTC) here.
Tariq Fazal said that Islamabad is known for its lush green beauty and the government was focused to maintain this beauty and green character.
The minister observed that global warming and climate change was a global phenomenon and Pakistan was no exception to it.
“We have to deal with this challenge by planting more trees and improving green character of our cities,” he maintained.
“We are learning from good practices and example from around the world and trying to replicate those for the beautification of Islamabad,” the Minister added.
Fazal said that diversity of weather conditions is a unique climatic feature of Pakistan and this uniqueness can only be preserved by growing more trees and decorating flower beds, round-abouts and open areas, he added.
He said that Prime Minister has assigned him special task to conserve the Marghala Hills Forest and there would no construction beyond a specific line to conserve the Marghala Hills Forest.
He acknowledged that limitation of available resources and lack of monitoring has been an issue but public private partnership can be a solution.
He welcomed the multinational companies and corporate institution to come up their ideas and concepts to play their role to maintain the green character of this beautiful city of the world.
According to MoU PTC and CDA will plant more than 800,000 trees in Islamabad in coming plantation season.