Roadside plants drying up in Kabul: residents
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents complain the municipality has been failing to properly water plants it has grown on the sides of roads in the central capital and as a result, the young trees are dying.
Most of the plants had dried up in various areas of Kabul including Khairkhana, Maryem Lecca, Daraul Aman and others because they are not watered.
Ghulam Nabi, who lives in the Khairkhana area, said the municipality had no plan for the plants it had grown along roadsides.
“The plants had not been given water for the last few months and many of them had dried up.”
The economics student at a private university said plants had a pleasant effect on environment, but unfortunately the noble job had been neglected.
A few months ago, the authorities launched a tree plantation drive aimed at growing one million seedlings on the sides of roads. The officials concerned had appealed to the general public to look-after the plants.
As part of the campaign, the municipality planted half a million seedlings and the rest by other organisations.
Ahmad Naveed Faizi, who runs a mobile phones shop in the Khairkhana locality, said plants in the area were sown about four months ago, but they were never paid attention since then.
The plants looked brittle now, he lamented, accusing municipality officials of not giving waters to the plants in weeks.
Pointing to five plants growing in front of his shop, Faizi said: “I give water to these plants ever day, otherwise they would have died long ago.” He urged Kabul residents to cooperate with the municipality in keeping the city clean and green.
But municipality official Nasrin Sabri said water tanks had been tasked with watering plants in 22 municipal districts of Kabul and they daily gave water to the plants.
She said she used to visit various areas of the city in order to know if any negligence was committed. In case of negligence, a legal action was being taken, she said.
She said plants were often damaged due to people’s carelessness, movement and diseases, but not watering the plants was completely false claim.
The official said some vendors used to set up their stalls near plants, making it difficult for tankers to water them.
About the near dead plants in the 500 family area in Khairkhana, Nasrin said the plants had been grown by a private organisation with people’s assistance and it was possible ground for the seedlings had not been properly dug up or wrongly placed in the soil.
The dying plants might have been brought from hot areas, she gave another reason and also complained about the lack of resources with her department. She praised local residents for playing their role in keeping the plants alive by giving them water.
Another municipality official, who is responsible for preservation of greenery in the city, said the number of tankers with the municipality was not enough to perform the task, but still workers used to give water to plants.
He said a tape water system had been activated in Darul Aman and Kota Sangi areas and the same system would be introduced in other areas of the city in the near future.
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