Mangroves under Threat in Pakistan by $50bn Housing Project

Mangrove on bundle island under threat by urbanization
  • News reported that the mangroves on Bundle Island in Pakistan are under threat due to the proposed Housing Scheme
  • Experts and environmentalists are saying the housing project will bring an environmental disaster for Sindh.
  • Critics are bashing the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for the announcement of this proposed project.
  • Protected forests such as Mangroves are hubs for biodiversity including dolphins and turtles.

 

There is news being reported on the mangroves on Bundle Island in Pakistan which are under threat due to the proposed Housing Scheme. Sindh province of Pakistan has coastal areas and Bundle Island is among the small islands in the country.

The Bundle Island is connected with the Arabian Sea and mostly covered by dense tamer forest on a land area of 3,349 hectares. Tamer forests are inhabited by marine life. Marine life in Pakistan holds great economic values. Construction projects in these places would pose huge threats to biodiversity.

Experts and environmentalists in Pakistan have shown their concerns over the housing scheme project on Bundle Island. The degradation of Bundle Island would result in biodiversity loss and the beginning of a new environmental disaster in the proposed area, although Pakistan is facing adverse impacts of climate changes countrywide.

Karachi is widely known as the industrial hub of Pakistan. The coast of Karachi has Bundle Island that gives coastal protection to the city. There are few camels that inhabit the island. It is a known fact that Karachi is the most populated city in Pakistan. To manage problems associated with the most populous area, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced the construction project that includes a housing scheme for 20 million people.

Upon this statement, Prime Minister is receiving criticism from citizens of Pakistan. Critics involving environmentalists and town planners are bashing the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for the announcement of this proposed project.

The exhausted citizens often make their way to the island for recreational activities and they think the housing scheme will destroy the natural beauty of the bundle island.

Karachi suffers extreme weather events such as floods due to heavy rains in the monsoon and there are no adequate strategies to manage floodwater.

Protected forests such as Mangroves host diverse biodiversity including dolphins and turtles. Mangroves have their ecological importance because they limit the risks of floods. In such a situation, the construction project on Bundle Island will trigger a new environmental disaster in the vicinity of that area.

The government officials are highlighting the job opportunities related to the proposed project. The government of Pakistan has started clean green initiatives such as the billion tree tsunami projects, miyawaki urban forests, etc that are receiving appreciation from the world. Coal power plants are shut down. All these steps are taken by the government to tackle climate change. So how it is possible that being conscious of climate changes Prime minister would not be aware of the eco-disaster associated with the housing scheme?

 

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