Greener Karachi Campaign

Working with the CDGK, Crosby Asset Management is organizing an initiative to plant trees all across the city. The idea is to shed the concrete and dust laden Karachi image to bring out a city that’s cleaner, greener and healthier.

As part of this program, the city govt and Crosby Asset Management will be doing a tree plantation campaign near the City School PAF chapter. Students from the school will also be participating in this plantation drive

Join and lend a hand in helping making Karachi cleaner, greener and healthier.

Date: Nov 16 2008
Time: 1 pm onwards
Location: Opposite City School PAF Chapter.

22 Comments so far

  1. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on November 15th, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

    but 16th is Sunday :S

  2. shoaib on November 15th, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

    Good and relevant post awab. Lets join hand with the the people and CDGK for the betterment of Karachi.

  3. d0ct0r on November 15th, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    Karachi a pollution hotspot: UN report

    Its a good initiative being taken by this company along with CDGK . We need MANY more campaign like these if we’re to save Karachi from smog like it was witnessed by people all around the globe during Olympics in China. Other companies and individuals should also follow suit. And all those people involved in turning parks and playgrounds into housing schemes need to be exposed as well as they’re causing irreversible damage to Karachi’s environment.

  4. silent (planner) on November 15th, 2008 @ 10:39 pm


    The tree plantation always done in those area which are already in better position. There is immense need of tree plantation on MA Jinnah Road which I guess is the most polluted part of city in context of air pollution.

    The Mommy Daddy Student of City School PAF Chapter may got skin diseases in this campaign so it is better not to indulge them… In spite involve students of some Government School beacuse they already have these diseases..

  5. human01 on November 15th, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

    Well said Silent (planner), I like your notion Mommy-Daddy students….we used to call them feeder kido’s ….any ways, on a serious note, the whole campaign is applaudable, it should be supported & expanded to larger scale & to your point, should involve the masses, my fellow peeley school buddies can do a lot more & can be more effective than the chosen few (not that I have any thing against them!). Plus the most important thing is creating awareness, the majority of us don’t even recognize these things as issues, because their immediate problems are far more crucial then this, their every day struggle to survive, get at least one time food on their table (Dastarkhuwan…to be more specific), so these words like pollution, environment, cleanliness means just a fashion talk for them…
    To get to the main subject again, expanding these campaigns to masses will create that awareness that the air we breathe & the environment we are living in, is common to every one, irrespective of poor or wealthy…& we all should do something about it, before it’s too late.

  6. hbrehman on November 15th, 2008 @ 11:56 pm

    I would like this forum to be a platform to an idea now…..

    it is a hugely commendable mission for these people be workin like this and i wish them the best of luck…. and another Pat on the Back for our dearest MK….. but as you al know…. in this project and other independent projects of CDGK….they are planting many many trees….

    now if u imagine….in 4 yrs time…there are some 1million more trees in karachi…. just an example… those trees that they plant here will be neem trees or other trees that are really beautiful and add to the landscape…

    now what if they planted trees that WERE beautiful PLUS THEY GAVE FRUIT…. and one million trees with plenty of fruit…that need just water every day… just like the neem trees that they are planting ….correct me if im wrong but wouldnt it provide a GOOD blow to reducing food shortages as people can simply pluck fruits off the streets..i have email mustafa kamal on the CDGK website….. my complaint hasnt been responded too yet…if ne1 here is in a more powerful condition i would relliee hope they would ppass on the message to MK as im 100% sure he would decide whats best fork karachi…..

    please comment people…

  7. d0ct0r on November 16th, 2008 @ 1:03 am

    Well doc i personally feel that planting fruit tree might sound delicious but its not really a practical option or solution. Just try planting a fruit tree near your front boundary wall inside your house. Minute that tree starts bearing fruit rowdy jerks woulds start pelting your house with every thing from sticks to stones.

    You might say that you are not asking them to be planted in homes and out on the street,well same logic applies out on the street as well. Imagine some one having a go at a scrumptious looking mango dangling from a tree and out of nowhere a large stone lands on the windshield of your car.. i guess you get the picture..

    Plus who will stop city govt workers or subzi mandi traders from ‘stealing’ the fruit even before it ripens.

    Ever heard of saying "There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" . In this case lunch would be free but with lots and lots of stones.

  8. tzaidi on November 16th, 2008 @ 1:37 am

    In my opinion, there is a simple solution that everyone should plant a tree and put an effort to make sure that tree survives and gives shade to all.

    I spend all my childhood in Block ‘B’, North Nazimabad, and have seen many people doing it, there used to be small ‘muhalla union, called ‘buzm-e-humyun’, which used to plan tree planting atleast once in two years and the result you can see by visiting North Nazimabad Block B, its still green comparing to many other blocks.

  9. barristerakc on November 16th, 2008 @ 4:45 am

    @tzaidi, makes sense! no wonder N.Nazimabad is relatively green then other areas! especially block B…

    Karachi University planted fruit trees during Dr.Wahab (the infamous Bihari’s Babu’s Tenure) worth Rs.4 cr….but the results are not good!

  10. hbrehman on November 16th, 2008 @ 5:43 am

    hmmm…dotor…what u say is soooooo disappointing… yet very true…. there has to be some alternative :S…..

  11. amaymar on November 16th, 2008 @ 9:24 am

    Planting a few trees doesnt make any city green.This approach is just as wasteful as any other CDGK work. Its like trying to make state-of-the-art quarantine facilities and putting patients in them during an epidemic rather than stopping the factors causing the disease or it’s spread.

    these trees are needed but there needs to be a more vigilant action against those factors that are contributing to the pollution. CDGK is widening roads and easing traffic throughout the city. The statistical truth is that no city can completely cater to alll its cars in terms of roads. The wide roads you see today will be quickly filled up and then you will be back to step 1. The more cars you have on the roads the more pollution there will be.CDGK needs to review its transportaiton scheme and discourage cars from the streets as it is happening all over the world. There are a many ways of doing this. Building expensive flyovers is certainly not the prefered solution.

  12. inspirex on November 16th, 2008 @ 11:18 am

    @cynics and critics:
    First of all, this is not a one time initiative. You will see a bigger event next week for sure.

    Second: this is not about "a few trees". We have a 1000 plant target for this area alone, and trust me we will do a lot better with your help and encouragement rather than criticism.

    Third: Many many areas are on the list. There is also a parallel initiative to plant trees in TCF Schools and that will pan out to other schools serving the under priviliged. The aim is to educate kids to love trees and care for them. The first TCF shcool plantations took place on Wednesday nov 12 at the TCF school in Korangi 2.5.

    So there is a lot going on and we hope to keep you updated.

  13. d0ct0r on November 16th, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

    Well Block B, North Nazimabad once again reminds me of all those public parks and playground encroached and turned into housing scheme by MQM .

  14. barristerakc on November 16th, 2008 @ 6:48 pm

    I remember having a discussion with Dr.Qaser from Botany Department of Karachi University who now heads Urdu University and he was of a view that the government should plant, “native species of plants” and he was prorably right.

    The new Botanical Garden in Karachi University is a must see for everyone….

    PS.Good Work Inspirex Sahib.

  15. tzaidi on November 16th, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

    @Dogtor, keeping your sick tradition alive, you again mentioned something baseless, without any proof or evidence and referred to an ultra biased website ( which I am sure you are an important contributor to.

    Nowhere in the website, its mentioned that the plot they are referring to, is in fact a government property (mentioning the project reference no.) You can not name a any open plot as government property unless its marked as one in the Municipality’s issued maps and appropriate reference nos. are allotted.

    As far as Block B is concerned, let me remind you that – Karachi is most literate city in Pakistan, North Nazimabad is the most literate area of Karachi and Block ‘B’, specifically is famous for its scholastic residents, to name few, Dr. Jamil Jalbi (ex-vice chancellor KU), Dr. Aqeel (Medicine), Dr. Abbas (Medicine), Dr. Shah (A-O clinic) and various government officials. Do you think that the residents of Block ‘B’, will let these things happen without raising their voices. If you are from that area, then only you will understand what am talking about.

    But as I said earlier you maintain your sick tradition of spreading lies and baseless allegation against MQM, you still haven’t responded to the lies in which you have quoted father of a deceased MQM office holder.

    Dogtor, apna illaaaj kerwao!!!

  16. barristerakc on November 16th, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

    Zaidi Bhai,
    leave him he’ll die his own death
    always remember,
    "you can take a paindoo out of Punjab but you can not get Punjabiat out of a paindoo"

  17. d0ct0r on November 17th, 2008 @ 12:29 am

    Mr T
    Are you trying to say that all those parks and play grounds which are encroached by MQM on Shahra-e-NoorJehan are not government property and MQM was justified in demarcating plots and distributing it to MQM goons?

    and I am aware of ‘buzm-e-humyun’ the resident society mostly comprising of poets from Block B and Dr Shah is a resident of Block F not Block B.

    Do you think that the residents of Block ‘B’, will let these things happen without raising their voices

    Do you seriously think that raising voice against MQM when it wants to encroach a large piece of land(park/play ground) would work? are you really that naive?

    This is an old picture,currently construction process is nearing its completion on this park land encroached by MQM. They also have encroached surrounding parks on that road as well and construction in those parks too is in final stages .

  18. HITMAN (hitman) on November 17th, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

    @barrister & tzaidi,
    I live in North Nazimabad & I have to often visit these blocks/ areas which doctor mentioned. & yes, playgrounds/ parks have been encroached upon. To name a few: J Part of J Block’s playground (I dont know its name) has been demarcated for 120 sq. yds. homes. Block C Ashraf Masjid’s ground also partially (THANKS) demarcated for 80 sq. yds. Not to mention the Saima Bridge View @ board office signal on KMTP land. For the record, none of these blocks have had any plot lesser than 200 (usually 233 ) sq. yards in the plan. + No amenity plot is to be used for commercial/ residential purpose. So this is all illegal. Now before u curse me for being anti MQM, I would like u to address the above issue & enlighten me if I m wrong on the above facts. If u cant then accept this as MQM’s misdeed. No use of name calling & diverting. & this is something which I have personally seen, not a word of mouth, so kindly drive by the above areas & see for urself. Thanks

  19. balma on November 17th, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

    This is what I don’t understand!
    When there is so much land available around Karachi, why should one destory existing neighborhoods of Karachi?

  20. d0ct0r on November 17th, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

    This news report exposes the complete extent of the damage done by MQM to North Nazimabad and North Karachi’s parks(it also mentions of 10 more parks encroached in North Karachi) and "in more than 40 parks in North Nazimabad Town, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s sector and unit offices have been constructed."

    That block J park according to this article is called Taj Mahal Park .

  21. human01 on November 18th, 2008 @ 9:26 am

    I believe the Dungar Doc has been bitten by a dog, infected with MQM phobia rather then rabies… matter what the topic is, he always try to pin it on MQM…no matter how lame it would be….. …..dude don’t you realize…… too much of any thing looses its charm….it gets boring man!…get a life!

  22. zeeshan on November 22nd, 2008 @ 8:09 am

    Planting a tree should become mendatory. They should hold degrees of students who have not plantted and taken care of a tree for at least a year. This should become a part of our culture. Way to go CDGK and Crosby!

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