Destruction Of Mango Orchards In Multan To Make Way For DHA Sparks Outrage
A video of mango orchards being destroyed in Multan reportedly to make way for the construction of Defence Housing Authority (DHA) has been doing the rounds on social media, with users expressing outrage over what they termed the ‘destruction of nature’. According to reports, over 9,000 trees have so far been cut for construction of DHA in Multan, and the destruction of mango orchards continues.
Twitterati including politicians and activists condemned the decimation of mango orchards and called on the authorities to halt it.
Can someone shed light on reports doing rounds on social media that mango orchards have been felled in Multan for a public sector housing society?Claims that a hundred thousand mango trees already felled. Hard to believe without some solid evidence.
— Farhatullah Babar (@FarhatullahB) March 21, 2021
Its sad to see such large scale destruction of mango orchards in Multan. https://t.co/LkHnPy2XVU
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) March 21, 2021
You might be deprived of mangoes from Multan this summer but do not despair. You can always buy a plot !!!
— Azam Jamil (@AzamJamil53) March 22, 2021
A 2017 report in Dawn newspaper stated that the landowners in Multan have been trying to protect their land and mango orchards from destruction. The report stated that the Phase – 1 of DHA was being constructed on 3,000 acres of land.
“This onslaught of ‘development’ was unleashed around two decades ago and shows no sign of abating any time soon. And while population pressures dictate new housing colonies crop up, many more mango orchards have been marked for felling,” the report read.