In a groundbreaking move, the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) in Punjab has emerged as a trailblazer by becoming the first government department to embrace eco-friendly commuting as a strategy to combat air pollution. The authority has committed to distributing electric bikes among its employees, with the inaugural batch set to be handed out today, underscoring a dedicated effort to promote environmentally conscious transportation practices within the organization.
A recent meeting, presided over by Director General Muhammad Tahir Wattoo, shed light on the significance of enhancing the air quality of Lahore, a city grappling with air pollution issues. Director General Wattoo emphasized the department’s commitment to addressing this environmental challenge through innovative and sustainable means.
Highlighting the eco-friendly nature of electric bikes, DG Tahir Wattoo deemed them the optimal alternative to traditional transportation methods. “They offer the potential to reduce fuel costs with zero noise and air pollution,” he stated during the meeting. He further emphasized that the Electric Vehicles Policy of Pakistan 2020–2025 has played a pivotal role in the government’s endeavors to stimulate local manufacturing of e-bikes.
The move comes in response to the ongoing smog-related case in Punjab, where the Lahore High Court (LHC) has consistently advocated for the provision of electric vehicles to government employees. The LHC has been a staunch proponent of promoting a cycling culture in the province, aligning with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and encourage sustainable modes of transport.
In a related development, the Lahore High Court has mandated the closure of all educational institutes every Saturday in the province until the end of January 2024. This measure is part of a broader initiative to curb activities contributing to air pollution and foster a sense of responsibility toward the environment.
The PHA’s initiative to distribute electric bikes among its employees is not only a commendable step towards reducing the carbon footprint but also sets a precedent for other government departments to follow suit. As air quality concerns continue to gain attention globally, initiatives like these underscore the importance of collaborative efforts in the pursuit of a cleaner, greener future.
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