QUETTA: Air pollution has blemished the beauty of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, which used to be called little Paris, and more and more trees are needed to be planted in Quetta valley to revive its beauty and provide clean atmosphere to the people.
“Tree planting campaign is about to begin in Balochistan and to make this campaign a success people hailing from a segment of life should take active part in this campaign,” these views were expressed by Dr Shama Ishaq Baloch, Member of Balochistan Assembly, on a point of order, in the session of Balochistan Assembly that held with Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali, in the chair, on Tuesday.
She said air pollution is a serious issue that needs prompt attention as it is causing health hazards to the people particularly to the children. “Quetta is the heart of Balochistan, stretching over 2653-km was well known for its clean environment and beauty,” she said, adding that due to lack of proper planning, increase in population and massive increase in traffic had not only dappled the clean environment but had also caused numerous health issues.
Dr Shama Ishaq Baloch, who is also leader of National Party (NP) said that through planting maximum trees in Quetta and its surroundings the air could be made clean. “Issuance of thousands of permits to rickshaws is one of the main reasons behind air pollution in the city,” she added.
She stressed for taking tree planting campaign as serious not only in Quetta city but also other parts of the province which would help control many diseases, including that of asthma.-
By Staff Reporter
Published in The Balochistan Point on January 29, 2014