Islamabad loosing its Beauty ~ Greenery ~ Reasons?

The tree uprooting process started in Islamabad today … Reason: yeah the same ALL-FAMOUS roads making … roads expansions projects.

These road expansion projects that started in late year 2005 and still only one G-10 road is completed … I mean doubled … costs Islamabad its Beauty … !

Islamabad is a city famous for its beauty; that does not come artificially. It’s all natural, the greenery, beautiful tress (especially the ones that can be found in F-7/2 in autumn season, the scene looks marvelous with yellow and red coloured leaves falling), and natural beds of wild flowers in spring and yeah, how could I forget the lovely green mountains surrounding the city …!

So loosing all this makes me really angry. CDA insists that in master plan of Islamabad, double roads were present … but then in Islamabad’s master plan green belts between the sectors were also present. Should I assume that plan was to cut the wide green belts in small pieces by making the roads around them doubled???

For last 5 years, with the arrival of new banks and their loaning and leasing schemes that let people own cars in easy installments (another debatable point :/ ), the problem started. Many cities in civilized world are trying hard to cater this problem, of having more cars and less space for them to drive on, by imposing high parking taxes or even more by not allowing you to buy cars unless some space is vacated. Though later condition can’t be imposed here, people don’t ask authorities if they want to buy a car, secondly even our authorities allow cars having AFR 2006(applied for registration) number-plated cars to drive in city roads.

Badly in need to have some help!

Instead public transport should be made convenient so that people going to shopping areas (there are few of importance in Islamabad [Aabpara (G-6), Peshwar More (G-9/4), Karachi Company (G-9 Markaz), Jinnah Super (F-7 Markaz), Super (F-6 Markaz),]) can easily load into buses or wagons for the purpose at easy rates, since petrol, diesel and CNG prices are going high and high too. Secondly, people going to offices can get help from these public transports too. Luckily, Islamabad has a good school transportation system; I’m talking in terms of model schools, a few universities and a few semi-government and private schools.

Better public transportation systems mean less fuel consumptions and even lesser road problems. If 50 people are going to same place they can share the same bus instead of 35-40 cars or bikes.

As people and the government are not very keen on replanting the trees uprooted so at the end we don’t want Islamabad to look like Lahore, seriously we don’t …!

And I’m very afraid if things would end this way!

Badly in need to have some help!

3 Comments so far

  1. Danyal (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

    Well being from Lahoe I can relate to the issue. Lahore is NOT the same as it was some 30 years ago. Latest in the news is the axing of some 3000 trees (some of them more than 50yrs old) on both sides of the Lahore Canal to widen the roads. City of gardens? eh! its more like city of vanishing green belts and 10 story plazaz now.

    Anyway I guess the population explosion in the country is finaly taking its toll on the big metro cities. Lack of civc sense amonst the masses and complete failure (read negligence) of the planning wing (if theres such a thing) of the “Hakoomat-e-Pakistan” are the root causes of this emerging catastrophy. I realy like the way Islamabad “looks and smells” especialy if you are escaping the mid day searing heat of Lahore. I dont want it changed. Ever! It wud be a real shame if the same “Lahore Style” development finds its foothold there too.

    One thing surprises me though. Lahore is an unplanned city (atleast we didnt plan it) and its hap-hazard development course can be somewhat justified (with a Chaudhry controling the top seat what else wud u expect), but Islamabad as far as I know was PLANNED from scratch. So how come they didnt see “this” coming? If they did then why all the choping n cutting?? Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ” parhay likhay jahil”. O well all hail to the goons siting in the parliment.

    Enuff said.


  2. Talha (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 1:49 am

    Agreed…


  3. ghalia aymen (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    yes asma you are right in this matter.there is no check on cars registrations and people are allowed to keep cars as many as they like, which is not appropriate.cars registration should be restricted and no family is allowed to keep more than two cars in home.the increase in the quantity of cars is also because of the import of secondhand cars which can add to the environmental pollution and in road blocks.roads should me widened but my constructing fly overs or underpasses.widening the roads in this way would help in keeping control on traffic problems.



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