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Centre to seek provinces’ help to control traffic pollution

The federal government has decided to seek help of provinces for controlling traffic pollution.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday took notice of smog in urban areas and directed transport departments to ensure reduction of particulate emissions through strict vehicle inspection.

He also asked the forestry departments to fast track urban plantation under the Green Pakistan Programme for Carbon reduction.

He asked PM Focal Person on Climate Change Syed Rizwan Mehboob to take up the issue with all provinces.

Talking to The Nation, PM Focal Person Syed Rizwan Mehboob said the Premier wants to control smog in urban areas of the country.

He said as per PM‘s directions, he would ask provinces to send their tree plantations plan under the Prime Minister Green Pakistan Programme in different cities as soon as possible. He said that he would write a letter to all chief secretaries to improve their vehicle examination system at provincial level.

The federal government has planned to plant 100 million trees under the PMGPP across the country with the cooperation of provinces. The incumbent government started work on the PMGPP after the world Climate Change Conference in Paris which was also attended by the Prime Minister along with his team last year. During the conference, international community appreciated the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan’s One Billion Tree programme and praised the provincial government’s efforts for making carbon neutral province.

According to official details, the Sindh government has completed mangroves plantation on 115,000 acres of land during the last 15 years.

The provincial government has also planned to acquire more than one hundred thousand acres of land for the PMGPP. Similarly, the Balochistan government had also utilised more than 10,000 acres of land for the purpose of mangroves plantation in the province.

The Punjab government has also given the task to South Punjab Forest Company to take steps for plantation on 200,000 acres of land in Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalpur regions. However, the Punjab Forest Department does not allow planting a tree having an age of less than three years under the provincial government policy. The KP government is also working on One Billion Tree Plantation plan and plantation of around 28 million trees has been completed so far.

Source: The Nation

Byline: Nokhaiz Sahi

November 9, 2016

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