Rawalpindi’s foliage takes a hit

Trees removed from Margalla Street were planted in their new place

Rawalpindi: Taking good care of Rawalpindi’s timber has change into crucial. Surviving timber proceed to face existential threats akin to climate occasions, felling and improper upkeep. Not solely is that this a trigger for concern by way of environmental impression on town, it additionally poses a menace to the protection of residents.

Gaps within the care and upkeep of Rawalpindi timber are opening increasingly more day by day. I noticed some giant damaged branches dangling within the air after which tangled in broadband cables working down one of many Airport Housing Affiliation streets. “The residents of the neighborhood are very involved in regards to the security of passengers who proceed to drive below timber,” mentioned Amjad Ali.

“Within the early hours of a wet season day, a tree was damaged in our neighborhood because of the sturdy wind and rain. The uprooted tree, which was not taken care of, closed the entire avenue. The branches of the tree, which weren’t pruned for a very long time, couldn’t bear the burden after they had been battered by the heavy rain. At some stage, all of the damaged branches that supported one another collapsed. Azhar Sajjad of Forensic Colony, a passenger on a bicycle miraculously survived a deadly accident.

“The repetition of this occasion occurred a month later, when one other giant department of a tree broke and fell in the course of the highway. After submitting the criticism and escalating the identical to senior officers, we had been capable of make clear the matter,” provides Azhar Sajjad.

“The widespread custom of planting only one tree within the metropolis after which forgetting in regards to the care is the actual cause for the fast lack of tree cowl within the metropolis of Rawalpindi. The horticultural division does a very good job of planting timber, however stays utterly blind to the aftercare and correct administration of the timber planted,” says Ahsen Ali of Gulzar-e-Quaid.

“Just a few years in the past I noticed a wonderful array of timber on both aspect of the outdated airport highway, providing a panoramic view of bunches of variously coloured flowers flowing via the nicely pruned and manicured timber. Syed Irfan Jafery of Shah Khalid Colony is sadly not in sight in the meanwhile.

“The pruning of timber, even the reducing of branches is completed professionally with a chopper. The time has come for a concerted effort by town authorities to cut back the scarcity of residual timber within the metropolis,” says Hussain Shirazi.

Azra Abbas mentioned, “The municipal authorities that take care of the parks aren’t outfitted to handle the timber within the city panorama. To this point, few timber within the metropolis stay unpruned. Pruning must be executed earlier than monsoons, similar to silting of rainwater channels. The time has come for all wild or planted timber to be handled pleasant to make them invaluable to humanity.

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