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Project to plant 10 bn trees to start soon in all provinces: Zartaj Gul

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul on Thursday said the project to plant 10 billion trees will start soon in all the provinces.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, she said the provinces had been asked to submit their PC-1s for the purpose.

The minister said under the austerity campaign initiated by Prime Minister Imran Khan, her ministry saved 30 million rupees in three months’ time. She said no new vehicle was purchased by her ministry, nor any foreign visits were made.

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She said solid waste management system had been made in 16 hospitals. She said a ban had been imposed on burning of crop remains in order to overcome the issue of smog.

In September, Adviser to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam Khan said that initial response to government’s tree plantation drive ‘Plant 4 Pakistan’ was phenomenal.

Malik Ameen Aslam said that people from all walks of life participated in the first phase of the tree-plantation drive and more trees were planted than the government’s target.

“We initially set the target of 1.5 million trees in a day but due to active and massive participation, we ended up with more than 2.5 million which is highly remarkable achievement,” said the PM’s adviser.

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