The largest urban forest in the world will be planted along the Lyari River over an area of 26 kilometers. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will inaugurate the project.
The Sindh Minister for local government and forests Syed Nasir Hussain Shah announced this when he paid a visit to the river. He said that only environment-friendly fruit-bearing trees will be planted.
Shah said that as per the vision of the PPP chief the project has been initiated. The first phase of the project will begin at the bank of the Lyari River and in the second phase, the urban forest will be planted along the Malir River.
The concerned authorities were directed by the minister to make arrangements to set up recreational facilities for the citizens as part of the project. He directed the concerned authorities to develop small playgrounds for children and a jogging track.
He said that as an urban forest is planted along the rivers it will turn the area into an attractive spot for local people and foreign tourists. He said that similar urban forest will be planted in other parts of the city as well.
Shah said that different political parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan have supported them in this project. He announced the construction of football and boxing grounds and volleyball and basketball courts for the kids so that they can take part in healthy activities.
Due to climate change and the increasing temperature of Karachi, it is essential to plant more trees. Shah requested the citizens not to litter in any part of the city especially in forest areas.
The forest minister was accompanied by the District West Deputy Commissioner Fayaz Solangi, West District Municipal Corporation Chairman Izharuddin, Chief Conservator Ijaz Nizami and Divisional Forest Officer Maqsood Ahmed.