Karachi: According to a news report published, fifty acres of barren Lyari riverbed in Kemari district have been transformed into an urban forest with thousands of native trees as part of a forestation project launched early this year.

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The first phase of the Lyari urban forest project, which was implemented by the forest department, resulted in the growth of 73,500 trees on both sides of the riverbed between Shershah bridge and Mauripur bridge. According to Maqsood Ahmed, the district forest officer, the project will soon be expanded to a larger area. According to him, these trees will aid in the regulation of monsoon floods, the prevention of sea intrusion, and the improvement of air quality in the area.

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The forest department, according to sources, has launched several plantation initiatives and has grown thousands of native plants in Memon Goth, Model Colony, Shah Faisal Colony, Jinnah Gulistan-i-Jauhar, International Airport area, Bin Qasim town, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park in Clifton, and along the M-9 Motorway and National Highway. Mr Ahmed also revealed that the department has planted an additional 320,000 trees in Karachi since 2019.

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