Green Karachi?

I was in Islamabad for about 24 hours earlier this week, and the only thing that striked me like a bullet was the greenery. I didn’t find Isloo more developed, or modern, but just the fact that it was green made it far more appealing, and soothing to the eyes. I didn’t see a single patch that didn’t have trees or grass.

This got me thinking that will Karachi ever get close to being as green as the Capital. Sure, we see efforts every now and then and campaigns from NGOs, during which plants and trees are planted around the city, but soon after that they die due to lack of maintenance. Unless we get involved at a personal level, we can never achieve this task.

So what shall we do? First things first, make your home green. Bring indoor plants and place them around your home. If you live in a house, may I suggest planting a tree? Once you can prove to take care of a plant (means it is still alive after 6 months), you can move on and grow more trees in your area.

35 Comments so far

  1. Syed Johny (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    maybe due to the fact that those green patches were there even before the Capital was founded!!!

    It was a jungle yaar!!!

    While comparing it to Karachi,
    The land of Karachi is Rocky !!!


  2. Fazal Ashfaq (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

    That is true, however greenery is possible with just a little bit of effort. My house had been barren for many years and only two years ago I decided to try and give it a greener look.
    Planted some vines with bamboo to help it climb over the house, put in some trees (neem & gul-mohar aka flame of the forest) and voila!
    The house is so much more pleasant to look at AND there is the sense of accomplishment! :D
    We have the perpetual water problem and rely on tankers but with a little bit of rationing anything is possible


  3. Imran (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

    The basic need of our people is ROTI, KAPRA, or MAKAN…. They are unable to think abt the asthetics …


  4. DESIGNEXPANSE.COM (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

    Our people do not have much time after working hard in the daytime to earn for their family to fulfils all the requirement. Then how they can take part to make their surrounding fresh? Hopefully, we will all think about it soon…


  5. v (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

    asshole is the word bitch


  6. Balma (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    Our people actually don’t have self respect: whether poor or rich. They don’t care about the environment. Educated and rich ones are actually bigger jerks.


  7. original-faisal (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

    Please don’t mind me pointing this out but it would sound so much better if you used the correct word in the following sentence:

    “the only thing that striked me like a
    bullet…” should be “the only thing
    that struck me like a bullet…”


  8. Original-Anon (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

    @Faisal – LOLlll!
    I was waiting because I knew this one would break through your restraint.


  9. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

    I would say people do stupid things in life like spending thousands in PACC to learn English grammar. Just get an Internet connection and hook up to KMB.

    Disclaimer:
    The above comment should be considered as a joke even if it sucks :)


  10. Nabeel (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    Islamabad has a natural edge… gets more rain grows more greenery… However in Karachi there is less rain and accompanied by water shortage… but better results can be obtained by public awareness at all levels especially in school students. Moreover for water shortage sewage water can be utilized.


  11. zee (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

    ANSWER: NEVER


  12. FARAZ (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 12:30 am

    Islamabad has a different climate and it would be futile to try to make Karachi look like it. Having said that, there are definitely cities that are hotter and drier than Karachi but have more greenry. So Karachi still has room to do a lot better.


  13. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    Can I have my share of WICKED laugh please :-)

    But truly said, its the climate, water and soil … three top-most ingredients needed for natural vegetation that in rightly needed combinations Islamabad is blessed with .

    So, Good Luck and Nice thought … !


  14. Kashif (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    Islamabad has this naturally as said earlier. It also has to do with planning. I have been to wah cantt and its been wonderfully planned too.

    All in all, careful planning with help from nature can do wonders:

    kuch tau hotay hain muhabat main junoon k aasar
    aur kuch log bhi deewana bana daitay hain

    Go Green Karachi ;)


  15. zee (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 5:59 am

    There was no water, no fertile soil or anything in Dubai. Yet, you’ll be amazed to see the greenry they got going. It’s mostly planning. Allah provided men with enough brains that he can come up with solutions even if natural resources are not there.


  16. Efe_2 (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 6:04 am

    In Turkey we say that if each person cleans in front of their own house the entire city will be clean. Ofcourse not everyone follows that but may be in Karachi if people can make their own houses as green as possible then that might make some difference. It also depends on the climate too.


  17. original-faisal (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 7:52 am

    Ahh, anon my old compadre…

    Nice to see you again. Yes it’s true
    that even though I’ve made a vow to
    myself not to bother with this deluge
    of incorrect usage of the English
    language, this one just stuck out like
    a sore thumb in a sea of mediocrity.

    Have a pleasant night.


  18. Imran (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 10:03 am

    We planted a 3 ft lignum outside our house, along the envicreted sidewalk (as that seemed to be the most probable place to plant a tree, along with the other trees already growing there). The housing authority uprooted the tree and even gave an explanation: “No prior consent of the Housing Authority sought”.

    Bravo :|

    NB: That said, i love our city & it ought to be greener and cleaner than it is.


  19. Fazal Ashfaq (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    Is it me or are the comments at KMB very aggressive generally? I was just reading all the posts and I realize that most are just flames!
    But glad to see some positive input atleast :)


  20. Kala-azaar (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    Whatever green that survived in Karachi, despite the arid climate and water shortage, is being decimated by the CDGK. Apprently they want to turn the city into a concrete jungle with no trees, no trees and no shade.


  21. Mr Mohammad Saeed Rahman (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    It will be a good idea if we start cleaning our garbage properly and find ways to dispose them off.Yes there is a way if well to do Mr Burgers type start taking initiatives also by picking garbage around the neighborhoods.They acts like kalay angraiz otherwise.


  22. Mr Mohammad Saeed Rahman (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    It will be a good idea if we start cleaning our garbage properly and find ways to dispose them off.Yes there is a way if well to do Mr Burgers type start taking initiatives also by picking garbage around the neighborhoods.They acts like kalay angraiz otherwise.


  23. fAr stAr (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    planting trees wont do any good unless we r taking steps to reduce all types of pollution. karachi is getting so polluted and filthy that its even getting hard to breathe in open air. with all the buses, rickshaws and million years old cars, and all the dig ups on the name of construction works, its really hard to find a way to eradicate this menace. we need to act together and act quickly!


  24. JayJay (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    Mr RAHMAD SAID: “They acts like kalay angraiz otherwise.”

    Angraiz are generally better citizens; they show civic sense and responsibility, and keep their cities clean. Karachi was much cleaner when Angraiz were running the show. Your anger is misplaced.

    “Mr Burgers” – You are trying to be holier-than-thou here.


  25. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    Karachi have an history of over 150 years.

    Islamabad – just a new born less then 40 years old.,

    Islamabad Greenry is POISONIOUS – Pollen in the air – 50% of Islamabadis are suffering from ASTHAMA. 80% of children born between March ~ September suffer from Jaundice since birth.,

    The greenry of Karachi is scuttled by the concrete jungle., courtesy ignoring the bye laws of Building control and chopping down of trees., for space.

    There exist few Banyan Trees in 1 Km radius of Seventh Day Hospital on Bandar (as in abbreviation of Bandar Gah) Road (Now m.a. jinnah road) tells the tale of Karachi Greenry which was exemplary in Undivided SINDH and was summer vacation home for many interior sindh Riches.

    In the compound of DJ Science College the trees are as old as 100+ years, as the place itself is 120+ years old now.


  26. Syed Johny (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

    @ Farstar!

    The main culprit are public transport!!

    Busses and Rikshaws !!! which our transporters are refusing to upgrade ! and are continuously threatening for strikes if they are compelled to do so !!!


  27. Balma (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    * Undivided SINDH

    *******
    I ain’t no expert of Sindh history, but what is this undivided Sindh business?


  28. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 12:50 am

    Umar;

    to make karachi as green as Isl, you would have to drag it around 1300 KM north towards Isl.

    as many people have pointed out, the greenery in ISL is not because the people there are responsible for it. it’s because of it’s location and weather.

    khi can be made a lot better, no doubt!! but don’t compare apples and oranges. It ain’t fair)))


  29. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    Umar;

    to make karachi as green as Isl, you would have to drag it around 1300 KM north towards Isl.

    as many people have pointed out, the greenery in ISL is not because the people there are responsible for it. it’s because of it’s location and weather.

    khi can be made a lot better, no doubt!! but don’t compare apples and oranges. It ain’t fair)))


  30. emad khan (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    commmon yar
    how do we say that karachi will be greeen
    in the presense of those people/residents who never think that the city karachi belongs to them
    here the people thinks that the covered area of the house/flat/shop etc is the total thing
    we clean our houses/flats/shop etc and throw the trash on to the front of he others
    how we say that karachi will be clean and green
    we are the one who destroy the dust bins
    who throw the (peaks) of pan , ghutka and etc
    and than we stand in the front of the cm/governor/or nazim housse and said that u r not watching the city
    first seee u r selff thanx said to anothoer onee

    plzzz think karachi as u r own home and makee itt clean and green and inshalllah karachi will be more beautifull than islamabad or any other city in this huge worldd


  31. jumanji (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

    Karachitte love concrete. CDGK has given a license to converet every inch of space into something but not green. For examlpe just go out and watch how old beautiful tress were chopped between Yasinabad Bridge and Aiasha Manzil. For the last 1 1/2 years I have observed that CDGK did not make any effort to shift trees rather they are simply chopped and never replaced.


  32. Kalay-azaar (unregistered) on July 28th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

    TREES…. we need more in Karachi.


  33. Mel (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 2:41 am

    Got something to say? Stop being a little bitch and doing it behind my back, the comp, the phone. You got something to say Stand up and say it to my face! All this stupid little high school kid shit! Some people never do grow up! It’s really Sad!!


  34. haider Bilgrami (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    Who says karachi isnt green, look at peoples face, sick and green, thats what u get when u dont respect the environment, it gets back to u , slowly but surely, Punjab struck one single order No polluting rickshaws and thats it, sindh governor extend the deadline and when asked why he said he is the true follower of alfred e newman “what me worry”
    Good luck karachi walas, sit pretty and lets all complain instead of campaign.


  35. Ali (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 7:21 am

    it all starts with the ppl’s mentality towards pollution. if the residents replace the concrete in their front yard with trees, it will probably be equivalent to as much greenery as the city govt could do (not saying that the city govt doesnt need to do anything). and if anyone really bothers, go down the main road and water some seeds every day.. or water some seeds around ur cricket ground. stop using minibuses and rickshaws and convert ur car to CNG, use environmentally-friendly fuel for ur bike. i’m pretty sure most of karachi’s population is able to do this and this is the most effective way to curb pollution.



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