Ve­hic­u­lar pol­lu­tion in Pun­jab

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

SANAULLAH SAMAD

Pun­jab’s En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment (EPD) has failed to counter ve­hic­u­lar pol­lu­tion in Pun­jab, where it has be­come a se­ri­ous threat to health. The sad news is that metropo­lis of Lahore was de­clared the sec­ond most pol­luted city in the world. The ve­hi­cles con­trib­ute air pol­lu­tion through poi­sonous gases in­clud­ing car­bon mono ox­ide, sul­phur diox­ide, ni­tro­gen ox­ides and lead. Th­ese are caus­ing air­borne dis­eases, which are killing thou­sands of peo­ple in Pun­jab.

The shabby auto-rick­shaws, mo­tor­cy­cle-rick­shaws, buses, trucks and other ve­hi­cles are cre­at­ing more prob­lems for the peo­ple to sur­vive. Still EPD has failed to launch any kind of cam­paign for con­trol­ling ve­hic­u­lar pol­lu­tion. I would like to re­quest the Pun­jab govern­ment to make some rules and al­low the po­lice to erad­i­cate ve­hic­u­lar pol­lu­tion in the Province for the safety of the ci­ti­zens. —Via email

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