Karachi, April 22, 2014 (PPI-OT): Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui rolled out the Sarsabz o Pursakoon Karachi tree plantation campaign on the occasion of Earth Day today. During this campaign, 300000 sapling of local, indigenous and environment friendly trees, sourced from the provincial Forest Department, will be planted across Karachi over the next three months.
The campaign was rolled out with tree plantation at Ramzan Goth near Hawkesbay, in collaboration with Indus Earth Trust, an NGO that has been working in 3 UCs in that area. IET has undertaken to plant 10,000 trees in the area over a period of 1 year, with the assistance of the community. These would include fruit trees, vegetables and fodder crops.
Sarsabz O Pursakoon Karachi has been initiated by the Commissioner in collaboration with National Forum for Environment and Health. The aim is to plant 50000 with the collaboration of various individuals, institutions and organizations, and monitor their growth to make Karachi green.
The Commissioner also interacted with the community members, listened to their problems. He directed the Assistant Commissioner to resolve their issues regarding electricity supply, primary education and also directed to have their non-functional Reverse Osmosis Water filtration Plant repaired immediately. He also directed the NGOs to undertake an awareness raising campaign for the residents of these over 250 hundred year old Goth.
The tree plantation ceremony was attended by the Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Siddiqui, Chief Executive Indus Earth Trust, Shahid Sayeed Khan, Trustee of IET, former governor State Bank, Salim Raza, District Forest Officer Niaz Khaskheli, President National Forum for Environment and Health, Naeem Qureshi, and Coordinator of Sarsabz o Pursakoon Karachi, Afia Salam and Media Coordinator MEDIONIX, Sanobar Abid.
For more information, Contact:
M. Shabih Siddiqui
Commissioner Karachi division
4, Club Road, Karachi
Tel and Fax: 021-99206650