ISLAMABAD: The plantation initiative in Islamabad’s F-6 Markaz was launched by Noorul Amin Mengal, the Chairman of the CDA, alongside Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, the ICCI President, and Farzana Altaf Shah, the EPA Director General.
The event marking the commencement of the initiative involved the ceremonial planting of saplings in the vicinity of the Supermarket. In attendance were members of the F-6 Markaz Traders Welfare Association, including President Shahzad Shabbir Abbasi, Secretary General Aqib Abbasi, Khalid Chaudhry, Saifur Rahman Khan, Akhtar Abbasi, Malik Shabbir Awan, Imtiaz Abbasi, among others.
In the Chairman CDA Mengal’s visit, he observed the ongoing development projects in the market. He emphasized the need to accelerate these projects and gave guidance on initiating new ones. Mengal expressed his plan to review development efforts in other markets shortly. Additionally, he announced that the Zero Point Bridge would be handed over to ICCI for improvement and beautification. The Director of Environment, CDA, was also tasked with leading a collaborative plantation drive in the markets, which Mengal promised to monitor and visit frequently to assess progress personally.
During his speech to the audience, ICCI President Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari reiterated the chamber’s previous involvement in tree-planting initiatives in Islamabad in partnership with the CDA. He reaffirmed the city’s dedication to promoting a more environmentally friendly and healthier environment. Bakhtawari stressed the significance of caring for new and existing trees, proposing using tags and specific maintenance plans for older trees to guarantee survival. He also highlighted the importance of a strong partnership between market associations and the CDA in accomplishing the plantation drive’s objectives, acknowledging that only a tiny percentage of saplings planted can thrive.
Farzana Altaf Shah, Director General of the EPA, stressed the significance of planting more trees to counteract the adverse effects of climate change on cities. She commended ICCI’s endeavors to promote tree planting in partnership with the CDA and market associations, which she believed would lead to a healthier environment in Islamabad. The President of the Supermarket Association, Shahzad Shabbir Abbasi, affirmed his full support for the successful implementation of the plantation drive. He also highlighted the importance of upgrading the markets’ aging sewage lines, citing their incapacity to handle the growing population and resulting obstructions. For the latest Real Estate News and Blogs, visit Realtorspk blogs.