The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has initiated a greening campaign aiming to plant 50,000 trees flanking the Islamabad Expressway once the current expansion project concludes.
As reported by local media, the campaign will be carried out in two phases, with half of the total trees planted during the forthcoming monsoon season. The remaining 25,000 trees will take root during next year’s spring plantation campaign.
The initiation of this major greening project was sparked by a study performed by the civic body’s environmental wing. It pinpointed a significant need for a large-scale tree plantation initiative along the Islamabad Expressway. At present, this stretch is a hub of construction activity, as it’s being converted into a signal-free corridor.
Regrettably, the ongoing construction has necessitated the removal of many mature trees. Despite attempts at relocation, technical challenges prevented the preservation of a considerable number of them.
In response to this loss of greenery, the CDA has devised a comprehensive tree plantation strategy to restore the natural landscape along the Islamabad Expressway. The proposal has garnered support from the Climate Change Ministry, which has extended full cooperation to the CDA for conducting tree plantation drives along major roadways, including the Islamabad Expressway. This venture is indicative of a concerted effort towards preserving and enhancing the capital’s environmental aesthetics and improving air quality.