Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is planning to amend its rules to make tree planting and rainwater harvesting mandatory for all residents, news sources reported. The initiative is being taken to enhance forest cover and reduce the capital’s temperature during the summer season.
CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed has instructed that all government institutes and federal government agencies construct rainwater harvesting facilities on their premises. Currently, residents of only 500 sq. yard are required to plant one tree. However, after the proposed modifications to the bylaws, the plantation will be made mandatory as follows:
One plant for each five marla house
Two plants for every 10 marla house
Four plants for the 500 sq yds or above plots
Six plants for every 1000 sq yds house owners
On the other hand, the government institutes and schools will be required to plant trees, for which the sapling will be provided by the CDA. According to the chairman, following the modifications, residents would be invited to plant trees willingly in the first phase, while action against non-compliance would be taken in the second phase.
Furthermore, the chairman expounded on the development authority’s water conservation plans, which included smart technology such as sprinklers and wells to collect rainwater.