Urban Developers Refuse Rawalpindi Development Authority’s (RDA) Forestation Movement

RAWALPINDI: During a meeting in Rawalpindi, housing societies’ representatives have refused to follow RDA’s instructions. The plan will make housing societies look more like jungles than residential areas, said urban developers.

The developers’ representatives called on RDA Chairman where they refused the directives of the plantation. A thousand trees on every 100 Kanal will is an ineffectual plan, leading to forests in residential parts.

A few days back, RDA has instructed housing societies to grow given number of plants to approve their housing societies. The order further mentioned that the authority would cancel the license of those who failed to comply with the directives. There was big chaos in residents and owners of existing and upcoming societies over RDA’s warning for those turning down the instructions.

Besides that, each resident would also have to plant a minimum of two trees in and around his place, the order reads. Chairman RDA Arif Abbasi in his previous instruction urged private societies to plan green belts to fulfill PM’s vision of Green Pakistan.

But, the owners of private societies have refused to act upon the plan in already developed and future colonies. They said that it would not only damage the face but also explode hurdles in infrastructure. One thousand trees every Kanal will make it difficult to provide adequate water, gas, sewerage and electricity facilities.

After being refused by developers, RDA chairman adjourned the meeting for two weeks. Arif Ali Abbasi also instructed the developers and builders to come up with a competent plan. He asked them that their recommendations should be aligned with Prime Minister Khan’s green Pakistan.

In his previous instructive RDA said that the campaign would be started by RDA’s where it will establish green belts in its 13 societies. He also sought PHA’s technical assistance in the green project. Chairman Arif Abbasi also announced cleanliness drive by requiring societies to install their sewage treatment plants.  

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