KP Govt launches massive tree plantation campaign


Feb 9, 2011
LGRD Dept launches massive tree plantation campaign in KP

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Department on Monday launched a massive three-month tree plantation campaign across the province, with a target to plant eight million saplings.

“We have given the slogan of clean and green Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and would make all-out efforts to materialise the idea,” Provincial Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan said after launching the drive at the Local Government School, Hayatabad Town.

Secretary for Local Government Hifzur Rahman, Secretary for Local Council Board Attaur Rahman, Additional Secretary Zareeful Maani, Director General of Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) Muhammad Saleem Khan and other officers were also present on the occasion

The minister launched the drive by planting an olive sapling on the premises of the school. The drive would continue till May 17 wherein not only saplings would be planted but also green belts and centre median of roads would also be developed.

Inayatullah appealed to the media to play its role and sensitise people on the importance of the plantation drive. “People should come forward and take active part in the drive as without their support, it cannot be made successful,” Inayat said.

He said people of the province were living in a state of suffocation as bomb blasts were occurring almost every day and caused a sense of despair among the masses. “To provide a better change to our people and to create a healthy environment, this plantation campaign would play an important role,” he added.

The minister also said that maintaining parks of the province was part of the present Annual Development Plan (ADP) and the government has planned to make a comprehensive plan in this regard in the upcoming ADP.

When his attention was drawn towards the dirt at Allah Dad Park in union council 26 in the Akhunabad area of the city that questioned his statement that the government was beautifying and maintaining parks, he stonewalled the issue.

Speaking at the occasion, Secretary for Local Government Hifzur Rahman said 73 municipal committees, 26 districts councils and nine local area development authorities would be engaged in the tree plantation campaign to plant eight million saplings.

The secretary said the activity would last until May to provide workers and officials from the department in upper northern reaches of the KP to continue and complete plantation, he said. The campaign would be monitored by teams to ensure its effective implementation, he said.
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Wildlife involve students in tree plantation

PESHAWAR (APP): Provincial Wildlife department has started involving students of government schools in tree plantation campaign to help the provincial government’s measures to make Khyber Pakhtunkhwa green.

As part of the campaign, Extension Wildlife Division of Wildlife department arranged sapling plantation program at a local school in district Nowshera and planted as many as 150 saplings at the school with help of students.

The officials of Wildlife department stressed upon the students to take part in the tree plantation campaign of the government and also plant sapling at their homes and towns. Later, the officials of Wildlife department taught the students about how to care the sapling to become a tree.
‘A tree for every house’ launched in Mansehra

MANSEHRA: The district administration on Thursday launched ‘a tree for every house’ programme designed to control air pollution in Mansehra.

Deputy Commissioner, Mansehra Syed Zulfiqar Shah, who was the chief guest during the launching ceremony here at the New Circuit House, and Assistant Commissioner Dr Qasim Ali Khan planted saplings in presence of the district heads of all government departments.

Mr Shah said three million saplings would be planted in the district during the programme.

“We are going to plant a tree in every house with the support of almost all government department and nongovernmental organisations in the district. It will be a great step towards making Khyber Pakhtunkhwa green and pollution-free,” he said.

The deputy commissioner said government and private schools, police, basic health units and hospitals were part of the campaign to be carried out at union council and village levels.

He said it was time that every segment of society come forward to make environment pollution-free by planting saplings.

Mr Shah said the district administration would involve all local residents for the success of the tree plantation campaign.

Dr Qasim said more than 25 NGOs would be part of the plantation campaign besides taking out rallies and carrying out anti-pollution public awareness programme.

Later, a rally was taken out from the New Circuit House to create public awareness of tree plantation. People from different walks of life attended it in large numbers.

The participates, who held banners and placards with slogans in support of pollution-free environment, marched through the city.

They urged the people to help authorities protect environment.

COMMISSIONER UPSET BY POOR HEALTH FACILITIES: Hazara Commissioner Abid Ali Khan on Thursday expressed annoyance over lack of facilities and poor cleanliness at the District Headquarters Hospital in Battagram and directed the district administration to book those responsible for it.

The commissioner issued the directions during a visit to the hospital along with the officials of the district administration and police.

He met patients and asked them about health facilities and cleanliness on the premises. Mr Abid also inspected wards and lavatories and expressed annoyance at poor services and lack of cleanliness there.