50% poplar trees on Lahore’s canal need to be replaced

By Abdul Manan

LAHORE: More than 50 percent poplar trees (Euramericana guinier) on the banks of canal have completed their average age (10 years) and need be replaced, because they can be hazardous to the environment and health, botanists and environmentalists told Daily Times.

They said, however, removal of the trees from the banks of canal would result in soil erosion and affect the city’s beauty.

More than 70 percent trees on the banks of canal are poplar while other species include jaman (Eugenia jambolana), shishum (Dalbergia sissoo), mango, amaltas (Cassia fistula) and Alphitonia excelsa.

They said, “The Defence Housing Authority (DHA) has adopted a better policy for tree plantation keeping in view the long-term environmental effects. Trees planted by the DHA have an average age of 50 years.”

DHA Public Relations Officer Tajjamul Hussain said the DHA had planted 10,000 saplings including sukh chain (Pongamioa pinnata), Magnolia (Magnoliax wieseneri), and amaltas.

Punjab University’s Botany Department Chairman Khan Rass Masood said most of the poplar trees on the canal had been planted thirty years ago. He said these trees should be removed. He said, “Rest of the trees should be replaced on time to avoid timber loss and environmental hazards. Trees are considered the lungs of Mother Earth, so they should be planted keeping in view their longevity.”

Before Partition, he said, pines (coniferous trees) – with an average age of 100 years, were planted at Khanas Pur. On The Mall pipal (Ficus religiosa) trees – with an average age of 400 years, were planted.

He said, “Before importing exotic species the government or private sector should keep it in mind that they will not affect the local flora. Some imported trees pollute the environment and emit volatile organic carbons.”

Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) spokesman Javed Shaida said the Forest Department had planted the poplar trees in 1990s on the canal. He said the PHA had stopped growing poplar in the city.

Forest Department Conservator Iftikhar Qureshi said the PHA was responsible for the removal and timely replacement of old trees.

Courtesy Daily Times

6 responses to “50% poplar trees on Lahore’s canal need to be replaced

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  2. Well it’s very classic situation here. Everything is sorted out but CONCERNED AUTHORITIES don’t care. When I lived in Lahore I heared this term at least twice a day whether it is fund for squash or our folk heritage.
    The burden of problems is already so much that it takes a long time to find solution to the new problems. I think 50% is too much and it shall never be finished. Just change the worst 25% at one time and 20% next time and leave the rest 10% .

  3. maybe you need plane trees as were planted as part of the building of the embankment in London. They have a 250 year life and they love pollution (thereby cleaning the air). Would be perfect for Lahore as a replacement.

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  5. yasmin salman

    i want to know that does sukh chain tree shed leaves during winter.

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