CDA to re­move all trees caus­ing pollen al­lergy

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD— Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Author­ity ( CAA) had de­cided to re­move all pa­per mul­berry trees which are caus­ing pollen al­lergy in fed­eral cap­i­tal.

“CDA de­cided to re­move only those pa­per mul­berry trees which pro­duced and shed pollen whereas the fe­male trees were harm­less and would be re­tained, en­list­ment of male pa­per mul­berry has been started” said an of­fi­cial of CDA.

He said male pa­per mul­berry was con­sid­ered a ma­jor source of al­lergy which needed erad­i­ca­tion but strong op­po­site views against the com­plete re­moval of this tree had also re­ceived from en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists.

He said re­moval of male tree would be taken up un­der grad­ual pro­gram for re­plac­ing them with Amal­tas, Kash­nar, Ja­man and Chir pine etc. Dur­ing the last two decades, the civic agency chopped more than 40,000 pa­per mul­berry trees. How­ever, he said ap­prox­i­mately 60,000 trees were still grow­ing in the cap­i­tal ter­ri­tory, par­tic­u­larly in the Na­tional Park area where re­moval of trees was not al­lowed.

He said en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists were of the views that dras­tic cut­ting of the trees would re­sult in the loss of green­ery.

To a ques­tion, he said about ban­ning of pol­lythene bags, steps were be­ing taken for en­sur­ing the ban on the use of bags.

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