Beautification along five major Capital roads

The Capital Development Authority has completed the work of landscaping and growing flower beds along five major roads in the Capital. The beautification process has been undertaken at a cost Rs 16 million along National Park Road, Margalla Road, Islamabad Highway, Jinnah Avenue and Constitution Avenue, CDA Director Environment Iftikhar Awan said Tuesday.
He said the flower beds include cherry, pansy, parsley, flax, and other ornamental varieties of bright and brilliant colors. The urban and rural divisions of the Environment Directorate have been asked to grow as many seasonal plants and flowers as possible in every part of the Capital, he said.

CDA has been conducting tree plantation drive twice a year during spring and monsoon. An additional plantation campaign will also be carried out in July every year, Awan said. Around 400,000 saplings will be planted in the urban and rural areas of the capital in coming July, the official said.
Awan said saplings would be planted in the developed sectors, Margallah Hills, along the main roads and highways and rural areas. He said the up-gradation of CDA nursery was also being undertaken for which horticulture experts and skilled people had been recruited.
The Authority takes every care to avoid cutting trees as far as possible in the on-going projects like the construction of cultural complex at Shakarparian, development of tourist village at Saidpur and Ankara Park at Rawal Lake and construction of a club in sector F-10, he said.
As spring can be a very disturbing season for many residents vulnerable to allergy in the peak pollen season, a number of steps are being taken to remove the paper mulberry trees believed to be villain, the official said.
Paper mulberry was introduced in Islamabad some 30 years ago to make the capital green, but it became a highly invasive species in the natural ecosystem of Himalayan foothills, he said. The Authority was fast removing these trees as large number of people are affected by pollen allergy in both Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the official said. To make up for the consequent deficiency the Authority is planting varieties that do not cause allergy, he said.–APP

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