03 Apr, 2018
Karachi, 03 April: Sindh Governor Mr.Mohammad Zubair has said that big cities like Karachi could no longer flourish without proper mass transit systems to facilitate the residents but at the same time such urban systems should ensure safeguarding the environment.
Sindh Governor stated this on Tuesday while talking with a 10-member delegation of National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) and CSR Club of Pakistan.The delegation was jointly led by NFEH President Mr. Mohammad Naeem Qureshi and CSR Club President Mr. Anis Younus.
Sindh Governor said on the occasion that for the very purpose of developing Karachi, the Federal government had been providing financial assistance to bear the entire expenses being incurred on construction of Green Line section of Rapid Bus Transit Service in the city.
He said that due mitigation measures are essential to lessen the harmful effects on environment due to construction of mega development projects including mass transit systems. Such mitigation measures should include plans to do plantation again in much larger number than the trees and plants lost originally due to major construction activity in the cities.
Governor Sindh said that there is no alternative as a city like Karachi has to build roads, highways, flyovers, underpasses, and mass transit systems to do development and facilitate lives of its residents. Such a construction activity should be carried out in the most sustainable manner so as to conserve the environment, which is being done in the case of green line, said the governor.
He said that the Federal government had been spending a total sum of Rs 75 billion to build new civic infrastructure and improve the existing one, in Karachi. This funding is being provided with the sole purpose to build, uplift, and develop the city being economic and financial hub of the country, he added.
The governor was of the viewpoint that environmental laws, rules and regulations should not be implemented at once in the third world countries in the same stringent and strict manner as being done in the developed part of the world. The implementation of environmental laws should further the process of economic development in the developing nations as the same had been done by the Western countries as they gradually had made such laws and regulations stringent enough once they achieved the superior goal of economic development, he observed.
Governor Sindh on the occasion also appreciated the philanthropic and welfare activities being conducted by a number of charities and corporate entities in health, education, and other social sectors for uplift of under-privileged communities in the province.
He was briefed on the occasion that CSR Club of Pakistan had been providing a common platform to various business, industrial, and charitable organizations to combine their efforts and resources in discharge of their social responsibilities for under-privileged people in best of the manner.
Mr. Zubair was also informed that the NFEH and its allied organizations had been participating in an ongoing plantation drive in the city under the patronage of Commissioner Karachi to increase tree cover in the city that had been dwindling at a fast pace. The plantation campaign is being run with an aim to plant over 50,000 local species in the city in the next two months, it was further informed.
Governor Sindh appreciated the plantation campaign and said that his office would provide utmost support to patronize the initiative so to achieve its desired goal of increasing greenery in Karachi.
Later, Sindh Governor himself planted a sapling at the lawns of Governor House as part of the ongoing plantation campaign being conducted with support of NFEH. Also present on the occasion were office-bearers of NFEH and CSR Club Ruqaiya Naeem, Engineer Nadeem Ashraf, Ali Asghar, Shazia Alam, Syed Azfar Hussain, Zahid Ali, and others.