Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan and is the 1oth largest city of Pakistan with the massive population of 1.7 million and has the modern architecture and structure with lots of industries,schools and some top standard universities there,but its environment is greatly threatened by human activities although nature has some soft corner in its heart for Islamabad.
While the envirocivil team was taking interview from a student “REHAN KHAN” of ROOTS COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL about the environmental problems of Islamabad he added:
“The abode of Islam, Islamabad has been the epicenter of international attention for the last several decades. The rows and columns of trees sprawled along the margins of highways offer a fascinatingly alluring spectacle as one drives across the length and breadth of Islamabad. The gigantic structures of huge buildings,the vast campuses of prestigious universities and the rich markets of commercial sector collectively contribute to the beauty of this artery-like city. Serving the role of capital, this metropolitan also encompasses the presidential, ministerial, and parliamentary offices.
But, this city of such splendor and grandeur is gripped hard by the curse of pollution. The ever-rising proportions of pollution are not only contaminating the fresh air but also eclipsing the beauty of overall environment. The upsurge in the pandemic diseases is also attributed to the spread of pollution. Not only does this contamination contribute to the distress of general public, it is the driving force behind the rising temperatures. I am proffering certain postulates; accompanied with measures that might play an instrumental role in negating the effect of pollution.
One of the major reasons for the air and noise pollution is the steep rise in vehicles on road. A tremendous number of vehicles nearly 400,000 are running on the roads of Islamabad compared with 60,000 in 1998. These vehicles add more to the prevailing noise in the city, in addition, the carbon emitted by their engines trigger a great threat to the depletion of ozone layer. The numbers of vehicles should be cut to manageable levels. Government must restrict the companies to give away vehicles on lease. Every family, be it placed on the highest echelons of social hierarchy, should be entitled one vehicle. Importantly, the local transportation must be catered on nominal rates for the convenience of people. These steps can drag the number back to small digits.
The dumping of waste material has been a problematic issue in Islamabad. Most of the waste material is collected from the houses, carried to the expanse of H-10 and without giving a second thought for any remedial procedure; the waste material is either burnt to ashes or left over. This left over once exposed to the rain drops can be very toxic for the underground reservoirs that are the only source of water for the citizens of Islamabad. Instead of such an act of sheer stupidity, the CDA should recycle the waste material in return and bring it back to proper use. Our CDA can emulate the models prepared by China in the recycle of waster material.
Often, we come across a long belt of factories which are constructed within the boundaries of Islamabad. These factories emit toxic carbon into atmosphere, while the chemical substances produced by such industries get mingled with the waters posing danger to the health of people. The sector-I is replete of an unending belt of factories. To immunize this city from the hazards, CDA should push these factories to nearby suburbs. They should be allowed to act within the ambit of certain laws prescribing the levels of emission, production and expansion.
Last but not the least, the culture of plantation should be encouraged. In Germany, every house built by a family is entrusted with the responsibility to plant the same number of trees. CDA should expand the wings of its functions by inculcating this idea upon the citizens. More plantations can help reduce population and add freshness to the atmosphere. This city is ours and we have to shield it from human-made hazards”