Lahore’s Air quality is far better than Delhi’s; says PM’s adviser.
The Adviser to PM on Climate Change—Malik Amin Aslam admitted that smog has become a big problem while admitting it he said that Pakistan has taken steps for stopping the crops stubble burning, which is a major reason behind the smog and other nations should also come forward for addressing the problem.
He was inspecting the air quality monitoring station installed at Meteorology Department on Sunday.
The secretary of Environment Protection—Salman Ijaz, the Director-General Environment Protection Agency—EPA—Tanveer Ahmed Warraich, the chief meteorologist and other related officers were also present at the occasion.
The adviser said that smog was taken as one of the serious environmental issues being faced by the people throughout the world. The air quality index—AQI of Lahore was much better than that of New Delhi, the adviser informed.
He termed the news of Lahore’s AQI as being higher at international level baseless, he said that the government was monitoring capacity of the index for ascertaining the facts and figures regarding climate change.
He informed that 2 smog checking units had been installed in Lahore and his department was also focusing on steps for surging the resources for addressing the issue.
He added that with the assistance of the World Bank the government was introducing a programme for addressing the air quality issue.
He pledged that Lahore would be made smog-free.
The adviser added that the Punjab government has also begun a smog awareness drive throughout the province and face masks and pamphlets had been distributed among the general public for their protection.
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