Kidney Hill Park of The Metropolitan Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), where 40,000 saplings are planted, will be opened to the public after being locked, said Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar when he visited the park on Sunday.
He said a large number of people wanted the park to be opened soon but their wishes could not be fulfilled because meetings at the park could pave the way for the spread of the new corona virus. Coordination of senior director Masood Alam, media management director Ali Hassan Sajid and other KMC staff were present during the mayor’s visit.
The mayor said all parks, zoos and other places will remain closed until the situation returns to normal. “The park was built on a hill and people will enjoy the beautiful view of the city from here,” he said. “Residential and commercial units were erected on park land but now encroachment has been removed.” He said that they had widened the road and that a running gate was also installed at the entrance, KMC, he said, covering all park costs from its resources.
The mayor believes that they are trying to plant traditional trees, including Mimba, mango, papaya and coconut, in the kidney hill garden. He said the land was surrendered to KMC in 1974 but since then the park cannot be built here.
Appreciating the efforts of KMC employees, Akhtar said they had done a brilliant job under the supervision of metropolitan commissioner Dr. Syed Saif ur Rehman. In addition, he also asked the park director to ensure watering of plants throughout the city, especially in the green belt, and continued to prune them for further beauty. “Trees and plants from other parks must also be taken care of every day,” he said. He directed the staff of Baghe Ibn-e-Qasim, Polo Square, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Bukit Park, Safari Park and Aziz Bhatti Park to work in turn.
Akhtar directs park management to let staff over the age of 55 stay home, saying they are more susceptible to the corona virus.
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