PM calls for relocation of industries out of big cities; promotion of electric vehicles

The Nation  |  Dec 04, 2021

ISLAMABAD   -   Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday directed the federal and provincial governments to get major industrial units like brick kilns and steel furnaces relocated outside the cities with effective restrictions.

He while chairing a meeting on pollution-related issues in the country, 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 EVs.

He directed that the new buses for all metros in the country should be electric vehicles. He said the 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.

The prime minister underlined the importance of saving our big cities from pollution as it had a huge social and economic costs.

Ali Zafar lauds brother Danyal Zafar for his first concert “We must incentivise 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.

Also, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday highly appreciated the provinces, district administrations as well as the polio workers for the hard work and efforts on the eradication of polio from the country.

“I highly appreciate the hard work done by Provincial Chief Secretaries and Deputy Commissioners for Polio eradication”, he said while addressing a meeting held here to review arrangements for the upcoming polio eradication campaign.

Actress Rubina Ashraf expresses disappointment over Pakistani drama industry The Prime Minister also appreciated the efforts made by workers of polio eradication teams who reach out to children in far-flung and hard areas of the country.

He said that these workers are performing a national service and deserve special appreciation. 

The Prime Minister directed his Special Assistant on Health Services to come up with a rewards' plan for best performing polio workers. He emphasized that low-transmission season was a crucial stage and they all have to act against polio with “killer instincts.” He directed the Provincial Chief Secretaries and Deputy Commissioners to sustain the Polio Eradication drive with the same vigor and focus.

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