Islamabad: According to news reports, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) plans to alter its laws to make tree planting and rainwater collecting mandatory for all households. The endeavour is being taken to increase forest cover and lower the summer warmth in the city.

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All government institutes and federal government organizations must develop rainwater harvesting facilities on their sites, according to CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed. Residents with a 500-square-foot yard are currently required to plant one tree. However, following the proposed bylaw changes, the plantation will be made necessary as follows:

  • One plant for each five Marla house
  • Two plants for every 10 Marla house
  • Four plants for the 500 sq. yds. or above plots
  • Six plants for every 1000 sq. yd. house owners

Government institutes and schools, on the other hand, will be required to plant trees, with the CDA providing the saplings. Residents will be invited to plant trees willingly in the first phase after the revisions, according to the chairman, while non-compliance would be dealt with in the second phase.

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