Punjab starts to clean up the environment as smog issues plague the country. Ministers urge a hard and urgent clampdown on emissions.
Punjab Govt To Launch Massive Crackdown to Combat Pollution
Punjab government, in Pakistan, has decided to launch a massive crackdown on smoke-emitting vehicles, old technology brick-kilns and factories using tyre scrap for burning.
The Punjab government has decided to launch a massive crackdown on smoke-emitting vehicles, old technology brick-kilns and factories using tyre scrap for burning.
The decision was made in the first meeting of Chief Minister Special Monitoring Unit (SMU) on Smog Control Monitoring Committee, presided over by Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakhat.
The meeting was attended by Provincial Minister for Environment Muhammad Rizwan, Minister for Schools Education Murad Raas and officials of the different departments.
The minister instructed the Excise and Taxation Department to launch crackdown on the smoke-emitting vehicles; while the Agriculture Department should ensure handling stubble burning in the fields, and the Urban Unit should monitor the brick-kilns and industries emitting hazardous smoke. Additionally, there should be an improvement in the capacity building of the environment department.
Environment Minister Muhammad Rizwan stressed the need for round-the-year action and monitoring and reforms on environmental issues. He said the department should make separate laws for every segment and take action without any exemption.