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Karachi Expected to Lose 50,000 Trees Due to BRT Red Line

Karachi Expected to Lose 50,000 Trees Due to BRT Red Line:

Karachi Expected to Lose 50,000 Trees Due to BRT Red Line

According to a number of experts, up to 50,000 trees could be cut down to make way for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Red Line construction in Karachi, which is already a massive concrete jungle.

Official statistics, on the other hand, show that there are only 23,000 trees along the Red Line’s route, with 9,000 of them being removed.

According to Pir Sajjad Sarhandi, Manager of Planning and Infrastructure TransKarachi, the majority of the trees are Conocarpus, which will not be replaced after removal; however, the other types of trees will be planted again.

According to Pir Sajjad Sarhandi, Manager of Planning and Infrastructure TransKarachi, the majority of the trees are Conocarpus, which will not be replaced after removal; however, the other types of trees will be planted again.

He also promised that, unlike in the past, the government would ensure tree transplantation with the assistance of appropriate machinery and safety precautions.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), according to Pir Sajjad, requires the government to develop the Red Line with the least amount of environmental harm.

He went on to say that while the city’s BRT projects are being built, the Sindh government will plant five trees for every tree that is uprooted.

The Red Line, Karachi’s largest BRT project, will run for 26 kilometres from Safoora Goth to Numaish Chowrangi before merging with the Green Line, which will end at Merewether Tower near Kharadar.

The Redline BRT is expected to carry 625,000 passengers per day.

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Pavan Manzoor is an experienced content writer , editor and social media handler along with a track record of youth-oriented activities in Pakistan and abroad. She was selected as a fully-funded delegate as a leadership fellow in Turkey. She also led a team of 5 volunteers at the week-long Young Professionals Fellowship in Maldives. She is also a member of the Youth Standing Committee on Higher Education.

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