Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has announced its decision to relocate trees planted around the city’s under-construction sites instead of chopping them, a news source reported. To facilitate this measure, the civic authority has deployed a suitable tree transplanting machinery.
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With the work on Sector G7-G8 underpass expected to begin this week, CDA will use the device to relocate the trees planted along Faisal Avenue and adjoining greenbelts.
The decision to use the transplanting device comes after the recommendations of a committee established on directions of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA). The committee had recommended to scientifically transplant the grown trees affected by construction activities so they can continue to grow.
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The EPA committee will monitor the transplantation process. It has further directed other relevant departments to ensure that the trees survive after relocation.
Meanwhile, CDA has devised a policy to plant 30 saplings in place of a single affected tree. The efforts are aimed at not only protecting trees growing for years along under-construction sites, but to preserve the green character of the city too.
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As part of its new policy, CDA also conducted a massive tree plantation drive in vicinity of the under-construction bypass.