The Multan forest department planted 15,000 saplings at Miranpur Jungle in Lodhran district on Saturday. A total of 1,500 students from different schools participated in the tree plantation campaign. The plantation drive was part of the prime minister’s Billion Tree Tsunami project, said Chief Conservation Officer Ajmal Raheem. The official said that a plan had been devised to plant saplings on 250 acres of land at Peerowal Jungle in Khanewal. WBM Foundation appreciates the efforts done by Multan Forest Department.
He said that nurseries would prepare 460,000 saplings during the monsoon season adding that a target of planting four million saplings had been fixed for Multandivision under 100 billion tree tsunami campaign.
He said that campaign to plant fully grown trees was also in progress with support from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), adding that 11,325 trees were being planted including 250 at Qaswar Gardezi Road, 75 in Zakariya Park, 7,000 on southern bypass and another 4,000 on northern bypass.
He said that the plantation drive was also covering city's entry/exit points.
Deputy Commissioner Amir Khattak said that plants were a source of oxygen and keep the environment clean. He said that international standards of 25 percent forest area in a country could be achieved provided people from all walks of life plant saplings considering it as a national duty.
Later, the commissioner also led an awareness walk to promote plantation.