PHA tree plantation drive in full swing
By K A Mian
LAHORE: As many as 1000 trees have been planted alongside at Sagian Interchange in connection with ‘monsoon drive’ to achieve the target of 0.1 million trees plantation in provincial capital.
A legend cricketer and renowned all-rounder, Abdul Razzaq initiated the tree plantation drive by planting a tree at Sagian Interchange Lahore here on Saturday. He was accompanied by PHA Chairman Yassir Gillani, Vice Chairman Hafiz Zeeshan, Director PHA Muhammad Tehseen, DD Shah Nawaz besides senior officials of LCCI and large number of citizens.
On this occasion, cricketer Abdul Razzaq said that planting the tree is a charity and great contribution towards serving the country. He maintained that environmental changes are one of the biggest threats being faced by the world.
He said that Pakistan is one of those countries where climate changes posing serious challenges due to shrinking forests. He said that enhancing area of forests is inevitable to control temperature, drought and pollution.
Razzaq requested that being a responsible citizens everyone should actively participate in monsoon tree plantation drive. As tree plantation is great virtue and every individual should join hands with PHA to plant at least one tree, Razzaq said.
He also thanked the PHA chairman for providing a great opportunity of goodness. The PHA chairman also expressed deepest gratitude to Abdul Razzaq for giving his precious time.
Earlier, the monsoon tree plantation drive was launched by the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and with the Commissioner’s office, Lahore.
While speaking the occasion, Yassir Gillani said that through the monsoon drive, the PHA would plant 0.1 million plants in metropolitan. He expressed that the monsoon tree plantation drive is being carried out with full swing across the city.
He stated that the drive is aimed to redeem the future of new generations because trees only can be combat climate change, clean the air, cool the weather, conserve energy, save water, help prevent water & air pollution, prevent soil erosion and create economic opportunities.
Gillani said that joint venture of LCCI, Commissioner’s office and PHA will motivate others to be part of this most important campaign.
At the end, chairman thanked the LCCI for donation of 0.1 million trees, adding that it would be very helpful to meet the target of plantation for this season.