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Capital the cleaner

Islamabad is an extremely well-planned city with special attention to ecology and cleanliness, unlike other metropolises. This city lost its attractiveness as it slowly turned into a collection of slums. It has taken the government a long time to make the effort to make it clean and green once more. Sherry Rehman, the environment minister, should take credit for starting this effort. This is not a simple task. It primarily focuses on altering the way of life of Islamabad’s citizens. Social media is overrun with unwarranted debates over how to rid this metropolis of the problem of plastic bags. These bags are a significant factor in the nation’s capital being unhygienic and unsustainable. They never deteriorate, give rise to malignancies, clog drains, harm the soil, kill people and animals, or contaminate the air or water.

Cities in industrialized nations have done away with them, making life there healthier. The phase is just beginning in Islamabad, however, it’s better late than never. But raising public awareness of the issue and encouraging lifestyle changes is the issue. Everyone uses plastic bags without hesitation, from fruit vendors to elite restaurants. Various elements of society are protesting the administration’s decision to ban plastic bags, albeit the more sensible groups support it. When the managers of a busy food establishment started pushing and shoving the Pak-EPA employees who were there to ensure that plastic bags were not used, the situation became unpleasant. The city is fortunate to have a deputy commissioner who is dedicated to his work of ensuring that people follow the law in the least disruptive way possible. He stands out from a sea of sluggish babus since he is young and energetic. His persuasive abilities and in-depth familiarity with the city and its residents have given him an advantage over others in addressing the problems with how the law is put into practice. The moment has come for the people of Islamabad to take ownership of the city and support the deputy commissioner and environment minister in their endeavors. We shall all live in a healthier environment if they can convince other cities and towns in the nation to follow the federal capital’s lead. Well done Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the district administration.

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