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Punjab government to introduce electric vehicle policy


Muhammad Sudhir Chaudhry Deputy Bureau Chief Lahore

15th Nov, 2019. 10:56 pm
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Provincial Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakhat said, Punjab government will also introduced Electric vehicle policy of the federal government while a master plan was underway for improvement in the traffic flow, besides ensuring conversion of the public busses on environmental friendly green fuels and making Rs 40 billion investments in environment improvement.

Addressing a press conference at DGPR on Friday, he said that all brick kilns without zigzag technology will be closed by next year while only zigzag technology brick kilns will allow to work.

The government has been also creating awareness among the industrialists about the critical environmental situation in the province.

The negotiations with steel mills were underway to close their chimneys while long and short term programs are launched controlling the smog, he added.

He vowed to make Lahore clean and green city soon.

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The minister said that public transport was the largest contributor in air pollution, followed by industry and agriculture while tree population was insufficient to counter this threat.

The government was promoting the tree plantation while in first phase government vehicles monitoring was started, he said.

He also said vehicle causing damaging to environment will stop and will not come on roads without fitness certificates. He said the scope will gradually expand to the private vehicles.

Further, the flow of vehicles would be reduced in to the schools area of the city to reduce the smog and forced to launch school buses instead of one kid one car culture.

The minister said the industry will be motivated to use environmental friendly fuels while factories and brick kiln without zigzag technology in red zones could also be closed.

He said the issue of crops residuals burning in India was being taken up in international forums while it was being controlled in Punjab as well.

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