Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Rawalpindi Vice Chairman Malik Abid on Sunday said that the authorities concerned have been directed to replace all the plants damaged due to a protest a few days ago within the shortest possible time frame.
He said that many expensive plants on the centre median strip on Murree Road planted by the PHA were severely damaged.
PHA was using Miyawaki urban method to enhance greenery in the city. The initiative taken by the government was to improve the environment and to create a safe and healthy environment for the future generations.
Several Miyawaki mini urban forests were grown in Rawalpindi like several such projects, which were also developed in different districts of the province. Thousands of saplings were planted on a small piece of land, he said, adding that local plants were being promoted under Miyawaki urban forest project.
The vice chairman said that the urban forests also help ensure food availability for the birds. The Miyawaki urban forest projects were the incumbent government’s gift for the citizens and they would be able to live in a clean and healthy environment, he said, adding that past regimes could not launch such projects which were need of the hour because of environmental pollution.
He said that in the light of the directives of the government of Pakistan and Punjab, all resources were being utilised to make the city clean and green. The authority was striving to make the city more beautiful and providing the best tourism and recreational facilities to the citizens, he said.
From Liaquat Bagh to Benazir Bhutto General Hospital, the median strip was beautified and many expensive plants were grown that were taken care of daily, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2021.