300 urban forests to be set up in Karachi, says Wahab

Published November 7, 2021
This file photo shows Karachi Admin­is­tra­tor Barrister Murtaza Wahab. — DawnNewsTV/File
This file photo shows Karachi Admin­is­tra­tor Barrister Murtaza Wahab. — DawnNewsTV/File

KARACHI: City Admin­is­tra­tor Barrister Murtaza Wahab on Saturday said that 300 Miyawaki forests would be made in Karachi with the technical support of the NED University.

“It (Miyawaki) is a Japanese technology that involves planting more trees in less space,” he said after inaugurating the second Miyawaki Forest at Boat Basin.

NED University Vice Chancellor Dr Sarosh Hashmat Lodhi, Metropoli­tan Commissioner Afzal Zaidi, Director General of Parks Junaidullah Khan and other officials were also present.

Barrister Wahab, who is also the provincial government’s spokesperson and chief minister’s law adviser, said that the first Miyawaki forest was made at Metropole Hotel, while the second was at the Boat Basin.

He said that planting trees was essential to avoid the effects of global warming and climate change, especially to protect Karachi from climate change.

“We are trying to plant sustainable forests to correct the degraded environment of Karachi, which is why the Miyawaki forest will help reduce the rising temperatures,” he added.

He said that all the institutions were requested to join in this campaign and give a green Karachi to their children by planting trees.

17 roads to be constructed

He said that the provincial government would complete 17 roads this year.

“Roads are being constructed on a priority basis to save the people from suffering,” he said while visiting various development works in West and Keamari districts.

Metropolitan Commissio­ner Zaidi, Chief Engineer Khalid Masroor and other officers also accompanied him.

The administrator said that the road work of State Avenue and Valika Road would be completed soon. “Valika Road is being constructed at a cost of Rs720 million,” he added.

Barrister Wahab said that in the past this road was not motorable but now the provincial government was constructing this road, adding that the construction would increase business activity in the area.

“The industrialists and residents had complained about the dilapidated condition of the roads, so the construction of this road has met their long-standing demand,” he added

The administrator said that the provincial government had come up with a plan which includes construction of 15 different roads Site area.

Published in Dawn, November 7th, 2021

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