PM orders shifting industrial units out of cities, promotion of EVs

Premier hints at incentivising industries for shifting units out of city and using modern technology for environmental safety

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the federal and provincial governments to shift industrial units away from cities and promoting the electric vehicles (EVs)

“Major industrial units like brick kilns and steel furnaces should be relocated outside the cities with effective restrictions.”

Chairing a meeting held here on Friday to discuss the issues relating pollution in the country, Premier Imran Khan also called for incentivizing the use of quality fuel and gradual replacement of vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs).

He mentioned how developed countries had shifted to modern technology including conversion of public transport to electric vehicles (EV).

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The prime minister directed that the new buses for all metros in the country should be electric vehicles.

“Pollution was a silent killer but environmental protection had never been a priority of the past governments. Now there is no more room for negligence,” he remarked.

PM Imran Khan underlined the importance of saving our big cities from pollution as it has a huge social and economic costs.

“We must incentivize the industry for shifting their units out of the city and the use of modern technology for environment safety,” he added.

The prime minister directed the Punjab government to adopt a comprehensive smog control policy at the earliest.

He directed the federal government and provincial governments of Punjab and KP to immediately work on a short, medium and long term comprehensive plan for forward-looking policies with the timelines for implementation.

Earlier, the PM was briefed that vehicles, industrial units, burning of waste material and burning of crops were the major sources of air pollution.

Stressing the need of dialogue with regional countries to protect the environment through collective efforts, he said, “We should also take all steps to increase the green cover of our cities through Miyawaki forest technique.”

PM Imran Khan also highlighted the importance of a massive public awareness campaign to bring behavioral change in people for environmental protection.

The meeting was attended by SAPM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, Minister of State on Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and senior officers concerned. Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar joined the meeting via video link.

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