rawalpindi - About 690,000 saplings would be planted in Rawalpindi during current spring tree plantation campaign 2016.

All-out efforts are being made to plant maximum saplings with the help and cooperation of civil society, defence and health departments as well as educational institutions during the campaign, said Conservator of Forests Rawalpindi Region, Iftikhar Ahmed Qureshi while talking to APP.

Qureshi informed that efforts are being made to achieve the set target. He said a comprehensive plan of massive tree plantation has been evolved to bring maximum area under forest cover which is basic requirement to overcome environmental degradation. He said that the staff members of the department had been activated to make sure proper forestation in their respective areas which will be inspected by the senior forest officers.

According to the forest department spring tree plantation action plan total 690,000 saplings would be planted in Rawalpindi.

Meanwhile, the forest department has established 26 sale points in the district from where citizens can purchase all available seasonal plants on discount rates.