Earth Day – Karachi Style yesterday Mansoor made a post on the Earth Day which even outlined some good pointers to help conserve our resources, he even mentioned a walk being organized by the Sindh Environmental Agency for the cause which was to be held at Mazar-e-Quaid for raising awareness about saving our planet.

But yet this week we got to witness a rampant cutting of trees on Shahrai-Faisal which according to sources at Dawn was orchestrated by none other then ‘The Sindh Environmental Agency’. The agency is said to have been authorized for clearing away the median for the proposed Karachi Elevated Expressway. Today I took the time to even count the number of trees chopped down on Shahrai-Faisal (from Tipu Sultan Road to FTC) a Grand Total of 62 trees have been mutilated by the authorities in this small section of SF

It is this same agency that has gone to approve the KEE project despite the fact that a number of professional have indicated that the agency has deliberately overlooked a large number of environmental hazards posed by this project. But how can you argue with an agency which chooses to environmentally destroy its own province they very day it holds an awareness walk to protect the environment. Will you trust them to protect your earth – I can’t

Credit for story: BOZZ comment on Happy Earth Day, Image credit: Dawn

17 Comments so far

  1. Faisal (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    Deplorable…to say the least!
    Why doesnt someone take them to account! This is just pathetic. One of the few green roads in the city. and this is what they do!

  2. MB (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    May be these trees were disturbing VIP movement or may be new enlightened TREES would be placed here.

  3. F. AHMED (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    a really depressing sight!

    i came back to dubai yesterday nite from khi and the secuity people were routinely checking the cars while comming up the ramp at the airport.

    i noticed something specially funny/disturding, the had placed a dirty piece of cloth, to dry it or shield the camera from sunlight.

    so if, God forbid, a terrorist incidence was to happen there then there would be no record of it in the security camera!

    i wanted to take a picture of it and post it on this blog but i did not take my camera with me to khi.

    if anyone can visit the khi airport in daytime and take a pic of it and publish it then it would be a great eye opener for everyone.

    remember when there was a bonb blast infront of the PIDC building, the security cameras there were out of order so there was no recording of the person placing the bomb right under the nose of at least 2 out of order security cameras!

    if something similar happened at the airport the result will be the same.

    the other strange thing was the big steel pieces, like the ones placed on the normany beaches by germany, dominate the front of the ofloading area at the airport.! may be the security people have info that some bomber would try to ramb his car inside the airport, but having the security camera out of order won’t help!

  4. MB (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

    I was watching “An inconvenient Truth” on GEO and for a moment i thought about WESTern politicians who want to serve with or without power but ours who want nothing but power that too for their own greed.

    Here are some vids on YT about it.

  5. JayJay (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    “trees chopped down”

    TM: You can see the trees standing in the picture. The have not been “chopped down”, only their branches have been clipped off. They will surely re-grow.

    A post should be objective and balanced, not one-sided. You would have more credibility had you mentioned the economic benefits, not to state the improvement in the traffic flow which will cut the fuel consumption and the resultant CO emission, the KEE will realise, when whining about the pruning carried out on some trees.

  6. Kashif (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

    Jayjay: why clip off the branches as well? Ain’t the trees provide shade in this scorching heat? not to mention their fight against pollution and environmental disorders.

    I have seen similar ‘chopping off’ at university road. They aren’t building anything there so it could be another tender giving to the favorites.

    sana khuan taqadus-e- environment kehan hain?

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    I wonder if we all know how dangerous these euclyptus trees are hazardous to insoil lines and water table.

    A EPA SINDH study in 1997, 98, 99 has shown that Euclyptus commonly known as *Safida” is only good for Sindh Rural areas to control the water table., and salination which is dangerously increasing.

    IN karachi safaida played havoc to under ground lines be it cemented pipes or steel pipes, the roots are so highly erodic that they warp around the pipes and penetrate.

    EPA SINDH recommended elimination of Safaida from Karachi, Sukker, Nawabshah but plantation in Hyderabad to kill the water table and increasing alkaline content in the subsoil water.

    SO AM againts the Safaida in Karachi, –

    But my family is greatly involved in tree plantation around our own neighborhood and we do that with the coconut saplings.

    Say NO to Euclyptus – !

  8. Kashif (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    Jamal, the tress at univ road (from hasan square onwards) are not eucalyptus. And if they are bad why previous governments implanted them? Environment walay us waqat kehan thay?

    By the way, why not export eucalyptus trees to Australia? :)

  9. FARAZ (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 12:50 am

    I don’t think this post gives the reader the full picture. Will the expressway reduce traffic congestion (and potentially reduce vehicle pollution)? What other environmental hazards does the expressway pose that you mentioned?

    I also noticed the trees have not been uprooted but trimmed and should grow back.

  10. Kashif-x (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 1:43 am

    What freakin difference does it make if the trees have been “trimmed” or totally cut down, the bottom line is someones going to become a billionaire by the time the project gets completed, which haqs totally no use for the people other than VIPS.

    To all the people here who are often pro of this monsterous project KEE, if you guys can afford to, pls visit Bangkok and right thru the whole city cuts an elevated expressway, which gives the city and everlasting shitty look.

    Soel, Korea recently ripped out its expressway because it was an enviromental hazzard.

    Hurray Mr.Nazim for floating this brilliant idea

  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 4:14 am

    Nazim and his party’s favored contractors who are going to be real beneficiaryof this project should be given all money meant to be spend on this KEE project and asked to spare karachi and karachiites… its the money they’re interested in … expressway or no expressway they don’t give a damn…

  12. FARAZ (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 6:15 am

    Let me jump ahead and just summarize what I think I am hearing (at least from the last couple of posts). We have zero trust in the govt. This is all part of a big govt conspiracy to make money. Absolutely no good can come out of govt projects, big or small. It’s not so much about trimming the trees. It’s about the govt.

    Then why not say so? Why make all this fuss over trimming down 60 trees?

    What was the point of this post? It can’t be that the govt shouldn’t trim the trees because trees have a wonderful capability of growing back. Especially if it’s for a big project that can benefit the citizens. So the point you probably wanted to make was this project is useless and does not justify the chopping/trimming/cutting of trees.

  13. Darthvader (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 8:36 am

    Jamal Shamsi – very informative stuff , thank you indeed. I thik TM is concerned about the general idea of trees being chopped down without much regard in and aound the city, although in this particular case one may argue that the tree pruning is somewhat justified ,but he is trying to bring awareness which is good anyways .
    Kudos to you and your family for all the wonderful work that you guys are doing.

  14. MB (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    An official on TV announced few months back that the gov has planned to put one million plants( trees) in Karachi.

    Does anyone know anything on it ?

  15. Manish (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

    …Tt might sound a little too far fetched to a lot of people, but has anyone given any thought to the high tension wires, that are so visible in the image….

    Just a Thought!!!

  16. F. AHMED (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    Can someone get a pic of the security camera at the khi airport covered ( i saw it covered during the day time, maybe they don’t cover it at night:))with a pice of dirty cloth (while going up the ramp toward the departure area:))

  17. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    after the blast at peshawer airport yesterday it is veryyyyy important to highlight the lax security at the khi airport so anyone can get the pic i mentioned in my above post!:))))

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