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WAPDA to plant 1 mln tree during fiscal year 2016-17.

ISLAMABAD -- The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) would plant one million-tree at various WAPDA projects across the country including AJK and FATA during fiscal year 2016-17.

Under the drive, one million trees of difference species including Shesham, Kikar, Pine, Sukhchain, Cheer, Neem Dharek Eucaplytus, Silver Oak and Phulai will be planted in the catchment areas of Mangla and Tarbela dams, canals, drains and other completed and on-going hydropower projects, official sources told reporter.

The authority has allocated a total amount of Rs 30 million in the annual budget for the current fiscal year 2016-17. Out of total allocated amount, Rs 14 million would be spent by Mangla Watershed Management to manage the plantation of 700,000 trees in the catchment areas while Rs 16 million would be utilized for plantation of 300,000 trees by other WAPDA formations.

Under the proposed plan, some 30,000 trees each would be planted in South Region, Tarbela and Mangla dams, 10,000 each Ghazi Barotha, Warsak and Chashma, 100,000 in North Region, 700,000 in Watershed Management Mangla, 25,000 in small hydel power stations (Punjab and KPK), 40,000 in Kachhi Canal and 15,000 in Northern Areas Projects including Besham.

They said recommended species of trees, conducive to the climate of the project locations would be planted during the campaign.

They said the tree plantation would not only helps in checking erosion of land in the catchment areas of water reservoirs but also lessens the adverse impact of climate change.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 22, 2016
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