Transformation: Project Islamabad

Daily Times printed this picture two days back. One of the most important road junction in Islamabad.


One can easily guess which place it is. Currently whole Islamabad looks like this brown and raw. Tree-Free.

I hope that’s not going to be the final face of my Green City.

19 Comments so far

  1. WK (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    I dont think so that we will ever be able to grow those threes back,,, I dont like the current situation of Islamabad at all.

  2. Nauman (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

    Come on! Let’s give CDA a break… Any construction project, anywhere in the world would require such temporary lack of aesthetics. Anyone remembers when Faizabad Flyover was being built? It was a continuous pain in the neck for those going through that route for several years. But look at it now and you can’t stop wishing we had more those all over Pakistan.

    So let’s think before critique.

  3. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

    @Nauman: Agree. It happens when such huge construction is going on.

    But see for the sake of widening roads (like 7th and 9th avenues) the green belts were sacrificed. Will they come back too? (Once) in the green belts lie Islamabad’s beauty. Getting my point?

    Not to forget, since the day 9th avenue’s been opened – traffic’s a complete mess at G-8 end.

  4. Umar (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

    Pakistan is having the world’s second highest rate of deforestation, (

    Come on folks…. what we ll be leaving for our next generation?

  5. Yoseph (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

    People are just confused, Islamabad was never meant or planned to be a GREEN city, it was just small and all these green areas were just there because Islamabad was never properly and fully developed but now that it is a booming metropolis, further development has to take place. How often do you "use" these green belts anyway.. people just dump their garbage there.

    Cities grow. If you want a super green city w/trees, build a log house and get a horse and cart and lets just have no roads altogether =)

  6. go figure (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 12:13 am

    you nailed it there dude. That was funny!

  7. MK (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 2:16 am

    i think it would be money better spent if we took more cars off the road instead of exapnding the roads which are least travelled upon. A public transport system is a way better idae than building roads which can not self sustain. But who cares now Kamran Lashari can travel straight from his office to his homw on the 7th avenue without the fear of stopping on a red light and the fear of an attack on his life.

  8. GreenISB (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:35 am


    Plans can change.

    Secondly, the only thing special and unique about Islamabad is its greenery. Other than that, it lacks culture, history and character. Without greenery, its like a city thats been transplanted here from the Soviet Union. Streets and areas that are not named but rather numbered and lettered…totally inhumane.

    Lastly, we should avoid the paindo approach to development in which wider roads and ugly flyovers equate to great planning and great aethetic sense.

    We can only address the cause of the issue by having a mass transit system that will not only save our $ in ‘development’ but also save our trees.

  9. Yoseph (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 7:37 am


    Well the CDA is swimming with money thanks to auctioning off lots of plots etc. The public demands more roads. A local city government cannot tell people to stop using cars… how many cars do you have at your house? And I too personally liked Isb before everyone started moving here so maybe we should just put a ban on new houses and new sectors in Isb completely and not let anyone else move here, they will definetly restrict things.

    I agree though the planning is terrible but ISB has plenty of trees. We need to cut down more paper mullberry trees. And ISB was never always this green before, look at some old pictures when ISB was being developed, it was just a jungle w/probably lesser trees than today.

    As far as street names and culture/history/character well thats everyones own opinion, but I havent been to the soviet union so cannot comment there.

  10. DB9 (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 10:30 am

    Hello… Isloo was planned strategically to be a green city. The green belts were and still are part of the plan. The question is the amount of green belts and their distribution throughout the city.

    The islooiites need to push for (1) a balanced distribution and (2) the notion of "green architecture".

    Even the cities with max amount of concrete jungles such as New York City are working on it by for example making "sky gardens" (gardens on the rooftops of skyscrapers). Here is what wiki has to say bout it:

  11. crazymonkey (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

    I think islooties really need to come out of their green-is-right mindsets and accept the change. Islamabad seriously needs a makeover and building properly planned and managed buildings, market areas, shopping complex, etc., will not only provide more employment opportunities, but it would also boost the overall cultural atmosphere of this dead city. Cutting down trees would not wipe the city from the face of the earth. Growth is very vital for a city, and by keeping your city looking like a tropical rainforests with you populating it like wild baboons isn’t going to help much.

  12. mansoor (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

    guys, the green will come back. margalla road has a whole new green belt being planted which will bloom in a couple of years, similarly, other areas will get their share as well.

    as for the previous tree’s, a lot of the pollen problem in islamabad was because of that (as i’ve been told) and many people were suffering from allergies because of it.

    quite a few tree’s are better gone for that reason alone. new ones will replace them in due time.

    one good thing about islamabad is the amount of rainfall it receives, which means green can grow back.

    lastly, if you are so concerned, please plant a tree at your house or have your neighbourhood get together to make the locality greener. it’ll definitely help.

  13. Kwn (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

    Ohh My Goodness What the fuck is wrong with you people,First everyone was like ..CDA is taking all the money and doing nothing for the city , and now when they are doing you guys complain about the fuckin trees,, What do you want to be huh?Some tree hugging geek? For fucks sakes grow up .
    Every Fuckin big city needs to grow,, so tell me what should the CDA do besides cutting trees to built wider roads . Are you willing to give your house away if it comes in the way for building a road ..
    I dont think you people like your city or even your country .. You people just need a fuckin reason to complain about your bullshit rather then doing something ..
    Go have a rally or something in front of the Parliament house just dont bring your bullshit over here ..

  14. suroor (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

    what ever it is!
    the all development in panjaab is on the shoulder of karachi.
    you all are the Debtors of karachi.
    faqeer ki bachche ho saaray Panjaabi.
    doosray k maal pay paltay ho or unhi ko aankhay dikhate ho.

  15. khanabadosh (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

    There is a need of balanced infrastructure in Islamabad i.e a comprehensive public transit system, signal free roads and open spaces or parks.

  16. khanabadosh (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:48 pm


    Please take your sick mentality and retarded approach to somewhere else in MQM circles.. Punjab shares about the 60 % of GDP.

  17. go figure (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

    I’m sure this guy is not even a Pakistani let alone being someone from mqm. Becareful from imposters who want to lay hatred among pakistanis. Be it Islamabad or Karachi, Pakistan is for pakistanis.

  18. GoHome (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 12:17 am

    @ Suroor

    Which world do you live in? Karachi is a arid city with no natural resources or any other importance expect for its port, which by the way will eventually and fortunately move to Gwadar.

    Quit ranting on about this MQM propganda of your supposed contribution to the GDP. All of this is because everything that Punjab and the rest of the country produces has to go through Karachi. Karachi itself is joke…heck even water needs to be sent to Karachi!

    Before making wild statements, you should be aware of the fact that Karachi only facilitates our resources….it does not produce them. If the Cotton Exchange or any other trade institution was based elsewhere, Karachi wouldn’t even exist.

    Lastly, we arent the ones showing anyone eyes. Bloody hell….its the mere 7% of our population of Indians/Hindustanis (i.e what you like to call Mohajirs) that are eating up everything in this country. From the PIA, the stock exchange and the steel mill, you people have everything in your control and still cry. And look at the condition of these institutions that you control…pathetic! And even if we were to show eyes, it is our right…why the hell should the very people who have lived here for thousands of years be supressed by an imported group that imposes their culture, language and rule over us!?

    What you need more than anything is another stint with Mr. Nasirullah Babur.

  19. DB9 (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    @ Suroor
    I would guess dude is probably not Pakistani. I am noticing such rupturing designs coming form the EAST, strategically targeting blogs and media to create the chaos. There are bigger motifs behind such agendas.

    As for Suroor, u must know that we THE PAKS are united as a nation from Baluchistan all the way to Badakhshan we are one nation and NOTHING will divide us. We are PAKS first before we are Karachiites or Islooiites or Punjabis, Sindhis, Turks, or Persians.

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